I agree with everything this article says. But sadly I think people very rarely join a social service based on "how good" it is; they join it because people they know are there already.
(I'm really enjoying Mastodon specifically /because/ nobody I know is on here; I'm discovering new people instead of re-creating a real-life structure of friends and celebrities. It reminds me of the community discovery/building feel of the 1990s internet. But I'm a weirdo.)
Yeah, I agree with that—for *most* people. I guess the hope is that there are enough of us werdos who care about the structure of it to form a critical mass—after all, each new person makes it easier for others to already know someone on Mastodon. Plus, the small-scale nature of Mastodon instances *does* make it easier to get to know folks, which helps with the effect you're talking about.
Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin.
Kinda/sorta sponsored by the Ribbonfarm Blogamatic Universe.
If you already know a few people in this neck of the woods, try and pick a handle they'll recognize when you sign up. Please note that the registration confirmation email may end up in your spam folder, so check there. It should come from administrator Zach Faddis.