Worried about the dominance of big instances? No, really, this is quite natural.

As an emergent and self-governing system, it could be expected that the size distribution of #Mastodon instances roughly follows Zipf's law.

Does it?

At first you see the top 6 instances, and then the rest. But on a log-log scale the size distribution is close to a straight line, which would be expected from an emergent system.




@Stoori Yeah, that's what I said last year. At that time, many people seemed to be taking the position that "decentralization" would cause the network to magically not exhibit the same statistics all other networks do, somehow, and instead for almost all users to be on instances with a few hundred or a few tens of users. But that has not happened; and because the protocol *still* requires all-to-all connections among instances, it would be highly undesirable anyway if it could be chosen.

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