People may want to be free individuals, but they also want to shape the world around them, and feel part of that world. The urges to help and to belong are as strong as, if not stronger than the urges to gain, and be independent.
When people participate and share resources, they're not just being selfless, they're influencing their environment to how they want it to be, because participation is the easiest way to do that, not power. We all gain something from giving.
In another era, this would just be totally separate accounts on isolated message boards. But here, they have a chance to cross-pollinate a bit.
Human beings are complicated, and while you might have an alt in A, B, and C, someone else might have an alt in B, C, D, and E. Everybody has different interests, boundaries, and comfort zones, and the per-instance moderation policy of Mastodon respects that.
The fact that Mastodon enables that, and that it's *already happening*, really blows my mind.
There should be an easy way to migrate from one #Mastodon instance to another. That includes moving/copying all (public) toots to the new instance. It seems like many people are now joining random instances without any idea who the owner actually is.
@freezelan This site is like a moshpit of great minds. It really can work. This feels like wine compared to the other social networks that are only getting worse with age.