The more I think and read about it, the more I’m convinced that there’s no solution to the centralisation issue we’re currently facing. And that’s because I think that fundamentally people are, when it comes to the internet, lazy. And gathering where everyone else is definitely seems easier. It’s also easier to delegate the job of moderating and policing to someone else and so as a result people will inevitably cluster around a few big websites, no matter what infrastructure we build.
This is likely true. And that’s okay.
Most people use Gmail. It has the highest marketshare among email services. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for ProtonMail, Fastmail, and others to succeed in the space. As for social networks, yes, most people are going to congregate on a small number of services, but that doesn’t mean Mastodon and other alternatives can’t be successful in their own right.
Mastodon winning doesn’t mean Twitter needs to lose.