In 2018, I tried to map the Fediverse for the first time: https://vis.social/@Luca/100606625507856187
Back then, I found 7788 instances that had over a million connections to each other.
Today, I want to create a new visualization. I am using the same script (https://gist.github.com/lucahammer/eb68fc43a34877a304e7b81e5f729c4b) and so far it seems work.
What's that pink cluster at the top? 31 998 gab[.]best instances. Or just domains? I assume they tried that to circumvent instance level blocks.
The only instance they are connected to? beehub.
(I wasn't involved with the Fediverse for some years. Feel free to explain what's going on.)
I removed those nodes (which are all dead anyways).
Let's look at the different areas of the big hairball at the bottom.
Left side in blue, seems to be dominated by friendica instances.
Below them in black are the biggest Mastodon instances like mastodon.social and chaos.social.
Bottom right in orange sound Japanese.
Not sure what the top ones in green have in common. They got many incoming peers as well, but no common theme.
If you want to look for an instance yourself, here is a searchable SVG. It's 12 MB and may crash your browser. And you have to use the browser search or scroll a lot to find anything. https://lucahammer.com/projects/fediverse/2022-04-29-fediverse.svg
That's it for today. Next time, I want to integrate this wonderful script by @tfardet and add more information about each instance and remove or mark the dead ones.
Let me know, if you are interested in something specific.
@Luca funny, I thought gab finally threw the towel and got out of federation a while ago, so I don't know what these instances/domains are... maybe remnants?
@Luca ah, yeah, that damn issue that mastodon instances do not forget peers after X unsuccessful tries over D days and thus keep humongous and meaningless peer lists...
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