Carta Fediversi 2020 Edition

Carta Fediversi 2020 Edition

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It was in August of 2020, as I was recovering from a year of personal struggles, that I decided to create a map of the Fediverse, intended for a web shop that me and the owner of an instance I was a moderator on had set up. Being a fan of mediaeval and early modern maps, I decided that my map would be a homage to those.

A map is always a work in progress, and can never be complete. Including every instance on the network would be a monumental task, and would’ve resulted in something more akin to an atlas than a map. I had to draw a line somewhere, and decided on mapping the top 100 instances, ranked by total status count. Some of these had since gone offline and were taken off the list. A select number of instances were excluded because people objected to their inclusion. To the resulting list, instances proposed by other users were added.

Fediverse instances don’t have meaningful physical locations. An instance for German speakers could be hosted in France, for example. In many cases, there is no geographical theme at all. The Fediverse is a virtual world and has no topology, so I opted to make an elevation map. Coastlines and water bodies were derived from this map by intersecting it with a sea level plane.

I grouped the instances into thematic provinces, and the provinces into thematic regions, which were in turn assigned locations by free association. Instances with geographical themes were assigned locations roughly corresponding to their associated real-world locations on a world map. To suggest latitude and give the map a more organic feel, the place names were arched in concentric circles.

A research trip was made to a library, where I found books containing old maps. Sea monster designs were selected from them, together with a design for the compass. These were then cleaned up by manually tracing and recolouring them.

I shared previews of the map as I was working on it, and the feedback was positive. At this point, however, it became evident that the web shop wouldn’t succeed, and the map project was shelved.

In November of 2020, I decided that I would try my luck as a freelancer, so I began to brainstorm and write down ideas. In December of the same year, I remembered the map I had made, and decided that I would give it some final touches and actually publish it.

Instances

anime.website
antabaka.me
baraag.net
best-friends.chat
blob.cat
botsin.space
bsd.network
chaos.social
chaosphere.hostdon.jp
cybre.space
dice.camp
dobbs.town
dragon.style
eldritch.cafe
elekk.xyz
eletusk.club
esperanto.masto.host
fedi.absturztau.be
fedibird.com
flower.afn.social
fosstodon.org
framapiaf.org
freespeechextremist.com
friends.cafe
functional.cafe
glaceon.social
glasgow.social
hackers.town
handon.club
ichiji.social
im-in.space
imastodon.net
infosec.exchange
joindiaspora.com
juick.com
kirakiratter.com
kirishima.cloud
letsalllovela.in
linuxrocks.online
love.alicecomplex.com
mamot.fr
mao.mastodonhub.com
mas.to
mastodon.art
mastodon.cloud
mastodon.online
mastodon.radio
mastodon.scot
mastodon.sdf.org
mastodon.sleeping.town
mastodon.social
mastodon.technology
mastodon.xyz
mental.social
mimumedon.com
mstdn.beer
mstdn.foxfam.club
mstdn.guru
mstdn.io
mstdn.jp
mstdn.maud.io
mstdn.osaka
mstdn.social
neckbeard.xyz
newsbots.eu
niu.moe
noagendasocial.com
octodon.social
outerheaven.club
pawoo.net
pl.smuglo.li
pluspora.com
pod.geraspora.de
pokemon.mastportal.info
qiitadon.com
qoto.org
quey.org
ro-mastodon.puyo.jp
rollenspiel.social
shitposter.club
sinblr.com
snouts.online
soc.fglt.nl
social.chinwag.org
social.librem.one
social.linux.pizza
social.mikutte.hachune.net
social.quodverum.com
social.snopyta.org
social.tchncs.de
spinster.xyz
switter.at
tablegame.mstdn.cloud
tabletop.social
toot.cat
trollian.space
vocalodon.net
vulpine.club
weeaboo.space
write.privacytools.io

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