Last Week in Fediverse – ep 69Happy 16th birthday of the

Last Week in Fediverse – ep 69

Happy 16th birthday of the fediverse! 16 years ago, on May 18th 2008, the first post was published on

The News

The European Commission has announced their new Mastodon account, and that they will stay on the fediverse. Over the last 2 years, the European Data Protection Supervisor had run a Mastodon and Peertube pilot for the EU, and that pilot has come to an end. The European Commission had by far the most successful and impactful presence on the fediverse out of the pilot, and they wanted to continue. The problem was that the EDPS struggled to find another EU organisation willing to take on the responsibility of hosting. As I wrote when the news came out, the perception and framing of the EDPS was wrong on how the fediverse should be approached by the EU: taking on responsibility for all EU-affiliated organisations social media presence is an unrealistic ask, and it is not a surprise that they could not find an organisation willing to do so. Instead, now the European Commission is taking responsibility and control of their own account; they are hosting their own Mastodon server. This is a much more sustainable and realistic approach for EU organisations moving forward.

The bridge between the fediverse and Bluesky has been used to spam Bluesky with pro-Trump messaging, with the spam originating from Nostr. The spam was created on Nostr, which bridges to the fediverse with the Mostr bridge, which in turn can be bridged to Bluesky. While all the networks have many places of easy, open signups, spam tends to happen were signups can easily happen in bulk, and the protocol design of Nostr makes it especially easy to create new accounts.

Social Reader is a new personal reader for subscribing to fediverse content that does not need an account. It is part of the Distributed.Press, who recently showcased their work during FediForum. held their yearly as an online live stream event, with a conversation about blogging with Christina Warren, as well as a demo of two new features of hiding replies on your blog and a new way for people to comment by verifying their Mastodon, Bluesky or account.

Bluesky projects

This week I also wrote about three projects from Japanese developers who are building on top of ATProto, and build a video platform, audio spaces and a blogging platform, and I go into more detail on the challenges that building new products for the ATmosphere poses.

Video, audio and blogging: Japanese Bluesky is building in the ATmosphere

The Links

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading!


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