It's often assumed that because Twitter has a larger userbase than the Fediverse, that accounts would automatically get more followers there.

However, many accounts (especially FOSS projects) have more followers here on the Fediverse.

Some examples (as of 26th July 2021):

@fdroidorg has 10.8k vs 7.33k on Twitter

@k9mail has 1.57k vs 680 on Twitter

@Minetest has 1.39k vs 785 on Twitter

If you know any Libre projects that are yet to join the Fedi, please ask them to give it a go!

@FediFollows Also some (perhaps newer) projects are on fedi exclusively like @unifiedpush

@FediFollows @fdroidorg @k9mail @Minetest

Some of those are duplicates between services. There's some projects I followed in both places

And yeah just because there's more users doesn't mean those users will have any interest in FOSS projects.

I haven't seen any politicians or journalists over here for example.


I have been thinking about opening an account for #Flameshot, a popular #FOSS screenshot tool, to post some announcements and tips and tricks. But considering that we are not as big as Fdroid, I’m not sure if users want to want it.

Should I open an account for Flameshot?

Not as popular as F-Droid, but pretty popular as far as screenshooting app, if not the most popular one. Would really like it !

@poorpocketsmcnewhold Thanks. We are close to 14k stars on Github which has been more than doubled since August 2020 when few of us has been added to the project:


@FediFollows I've noticed that even normal accounts generally get more followers on the Fediverse than on Twitter. I think there's more of a community feel here than there, and the fact that there are fewer people make those here more likely to follow others, as they are less overwhelmed by the sheer amount of people.

@josias @FediFollows With Twitter I have this "Shout into the Void"-Feeling.
If I post something, no one reacts to it.
On Twitter I only had a few contacts, mostly people I knew.
I think the fact that I didn't know anyone at first, so I was more open. I just explored and if someone posts something I find interesting, I follow them.

@FediFollows I'm not sure that high follower counts are useful or desirable for a *community*, in fact I believe the opposite. Small communities with fewer "followers" and more human interactions are better.

Which of course also is better in fediverse than monolithic Twitter. ;)

@FediFollows I just opened a Forum-Thread in which I asked to open a Linux Mint Mastodon Account:

Comments and Arguments greatly appreciated.

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