I've been hearing about Mastodon for a while and I'm willing to try it out. Last night I learned that you can't keep your identity should an instance be shut down, which I am not a fan of. I was thinking maybe someone could build something on top of git, where as you gpg sign all your commits (messages/replies) and you can refer to them across repos (instances) and your gpg key *is* your identity. The biggest hurdle is probably user experience around key management. Like Bitcoin.

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@LarryBitcoin I like to think of Mastodon as a protocol like SMTP. You could lose access to your identity on an instance just like you could lose access to Gmail.
Degree of centralization will always exist on social networks. We can’t tell everyone to run their own instance like we run our own bitcoin node :)

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