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Mastodon uses the same technical standards as many other alternative social networks, so people on one network can follow people on others. This "network of networks" is called the Fediverse :fediverse:

✅ You can follow people from other parts of the Fediverse just like you would follow any Mastodon account!

Try it out for yourself:

@jett1oeil is an account on Instagram alternative PixelFed

@chriswere is an account on YouTube alternative PeerTube

@feditips @jett1oeil @chriswere with the caveat that many clients don't have support for all services, so you may not see someones peertube vids when you view their profile in tusky for example.

@feditips @jett1oeil @chriswere A network is a subset of features?! Why can‘t we all have all features?

@karlos

They are independent FOSS projects with different developers, so they have slightly different priorities.

Plus each project has forks with their own priorities too.

As long as we can all talk to each other through common open standards, I think this situation is ok 😃

@feditips I am certainly a native one, but couln‘t the code for a feature be copied to all projects?
May be we need an API to „plug-in“ features.

@karlos

I am not a dev so I cannot give technical details, but as far as I know there is nothing stopping project developers from using all the features that the ActivityPub standard offers.

However, developers may have to choose their own priorities due to limited resources and/or desire to keep platforms simple and/or privacy concerns.

Also, some networks may be aimed more at publishers, some more at readers, in which case it makes sense to have two different feature sets.

@karlos

You might want to try Friendica if you want a maximum range of features, and it is part of the Fediverse too:

friendi.ca/

@feditips I dream, one developer codes a new feature and all others just use it without efforts.
This needs a dev to talk about a „Fediversal node/client“

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