An administrative announcement.Motherfuckers. https://mastodon.cloud/media/oxNPAqhKHeUAAvMv1X8
Q: What's this "Federation thing?"
A: A bunch of communities, on different servers, sharing /some/ but not necessarily /all/ of their traffic. Or, in some cases, none. It depends.
The User Guide has a good section:https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/blob/master/docs/Using-Mastodon/User-guide.md#decentralization-and-federation
Q: Is there a realtime-updating network overview with zoomable historical data?
A: Yes: https://mnm.eliotberriot.com/
Screenshot showing 2 days of data as of 12 April, 2017. https://mastodon.cloud/media/RCObGXKeNw8xCXy-47s
Generalistic and moderated instance.