Threads just made my argument for me

Posted by Matt Birchler
— 1 min read

Parker Anderson: The Federated App Problem

People are used to the idea of going to one url whether that be YouTube, Twitter, or Reddit to sign up and create content. But now users need to understand federation. There isn’t just one server, but many different servers that can read content from each other. This poses a search engine problem that we’ll cover soon.

I was going to link to this article a few weeks ago and explain why I thought federation wasn’t the problem here, but waiting for Threads (a social network built on top of ActivityPub and with federation being turned on “soon”) launched and made my case for them.

50 million users signed up in one day.

Federation is not the problem, forcing potential new users to learn how federation works is the problem.