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I noticed today the number of users dropped from 2.2 million to 775K

Why is that? Anyone know?

Hmm it just changed back and increased a bit from a few days ago. I know this is self-reported and may be even greater. However, being a numbers gal I was comparing it to others when I saw it change. It seems a far greater number than what we see in the global directory.

Now I am curious about how reporting is done - we all benefit when reporting is accurate. Not saying it isn't accurate at this site - just saying we need to validate the numbers if we are to attract more users to the federated space.
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I think one important aspect missing in the user analysis is social network type. Mastadon is for public microblogging much like Twitter. This is not comparable to G+ or FB which would be classified as macroblogging I believe. Breaking down the macroblogging yields different user experience designs of course and like yourself, many are investigating differences, seeing value in each, and embracing federated connections. While a Hubzilla user may not be on a very active federated node, that user still has the ability to reach all federated users - hence the 2.2 Million number cited on the above site is important.

Oh - I dug a bit into Mastodon and out of the 4 biggest pods, 3 of them are ... well, a bit unconventional.

Pawoo (92,652 last month active users) and (46,247) are basically the Twitter alternative for Japanese users who want to post lolicon porn.

Switter (72,012) is sex worker friendly Twitter alternative.

Out of the top 4, only (70,827) is what you'd call a "mainstream" Twitter alternative. Even so, it alone is still 3 times as large as diaspora, going by last month active users.

My point is - if you don't really get the impression that Mastodon is as "big" as these numbers suggest, it may simply be because your online presence doesn't intersect much with the big Mastodon user bases.

I don't dispute the Mastadon numbers making them a large part of the federated space. An analogy on the type is more along the lines of FB and G+ users cross posting to Twitter as a public broadcast of targeted content and Twitter users using G+ and FB for both public and private conversations amid societal connections. Contrast it to the federated space we havee Diaspora and Hubzilla and Friendica etc serving the purpose as G+ and FB with Mastadon emulating Twitter. Twitter, Google, and FB are not adequately enforcing their own terms of service. At least in the decentralized space, it can be done on smaller scales. Users will drive growth along the lines of what they want to see.