It has come to my attention that Mastodon, and/or OSocial, and/or the Fediverse, are no longer what they once were. They're being flooded by Normals. Or People who Don't Speak my Language. または私のアルファベットを使用しない人。

It's becoming like ... birdland.

Or worse: Facebook.

So, here's a thought for you: Facebook was once literally Harvard.

And whatever you think of FB or Harvard, it most certainly isn't any more. Which is a thought you might want to keep in mind. Because change.


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Dunbar's number is a well-known concept now: the idea that people can maintain stable social relationships within groups of about 50-150. It's not just the relationship between yourself and each of the others, it's how /they/ relate to one another: does Bob like or hate Sue, or Jose, or Gita? With 150 people, there are 22,500 relations. With 30,000, there are nearly one billion.

There are reasons for suggesting and encouraging smaller instances, as OSocial admins recommend.

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@dredmorbius fascinating...does bob have children, what car does he drive, where does he work a million things to consider when knowing everyone. They say you have the capacity to know 50-150 ppl but i will never forget every person ive met. even you

@Publicvent Should I or should I not tell Bob's wife about his mistress. Or guy-on-the-side ...

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