Why Mastodon and the fediverse are “doomed to fail”

-> a small rant about how the profit lens distorts our understanding of success vs. failure:


@eloquence it is very well said. I think that the biggest achievement of fediverse is that it was made with such small amount of investments.

Business world now compares successes of startups or companies by amount of money they got as an investment and amount they have earned. But I think that the best measure should be "how much did they do with small amount of money".


@alexcleac @eloquence I would love that! I think we do very well at karrot with very limited funds, by practising resource saving ourselves as much as possible.

One of the karrot developers is living in a communal housing project where annual all-in (accommodation, food, repairs, travel, etc...) costs are in the order of a few thousand *per year* per person.

I'd love to see more housing + food projects team up with software projects to help keep living costs down, and community support up.

@karrot Definitely and very much so. Actually, I think it needs more "generalistic" approaches like this to be sustainable. FLOSS development backed and funded by large corporations (no matter whether directly by sponsoring or indirectly as a source of income and economic survival for developers) seems to be more and more difficult these days.

@alexcleac @eloquence

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