Next I want to explore the /api/v1/instance/peers endpoint.

Before I start with my own data collection, let's take a look at the data @Gargron published half a year ago (gist.github.com/Gargron/48e67b).

pawoo.net and mastodon.social were clearly the most connected instances.

On average each instance was connected to 175 other ones.

Fediverse as of 2018-08-24.

7 788 instances with 1 303 382 connections.

Let's look at the different clusters. They aren't clearly separated, but still visible.

On the right side in turquoise is the predominantly Japanese cluster. About 35% of the instances.

On the left in orange is the English and European cluster. 43%.

I don't see any subclusters.

Follow

At the top in violet are several niche instances. I would say the only thing they have in common is the non-technical focus. 17%.

Finally in green a little cluster (4%) of instances with domains ending in m.to. Again mostly Japanese.

If you know more, please let me know.

Searchable (ctrl+f) SVG without lines to keep the filesize reasonable: lucahammer.at/vis/fediverse/20

If you compare it with the screenshots, keep in mind that it is mirrored.

Beware of over interpretation. This is no scientific work. It's just one way to visualize instances. There are many others and probably better ones.

Qualifying the connections by amount of follow connections could draw a different image.

In the end it's not important for your everyday use. You can follow every account of every instance (as long as your instance doesn't cut ties with the other one).

Most important are the people you follow and what you toot.

@Luca This is brilliant work. Thank you very much for doing this.

@Luca People, there's work to do! We're in the middle of the "niche instances" with a "non-technical focus"... 😟

@hiemstra It's easily possible that my quick interpretations are wrong. Niche is a rather broad term. And I would say it's a good thing.

@Luca I think it's pretty accurate (but we're supposed to be a technical university, so...)
Nice work, BTW!

@hiemstra Thanks.

Academia will probably always be niche.

@Luca woah, i can't believe cr.t is actually big enough to be properly seen in this screenshot tbh
it's cool how many instances there are that i've never even heard of in the violet area

@Luca Oh, Eldritch Café is actually quite visible on the violet cluster!

@Luca How did you differentiate between the violet cluster and the others? I can't believe all the instances in the orange cluster are tech focused for example.

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