Whoa. What happened on July 5 to make the @mastodonusercount register an additional million users in the #mastodon #fediverse? https://bitcoinhackers.org/@mastodonusercount/102396749689401626
The cloned users are a smaller set and likely unrelated. I noticed today many users cloned from actual fediverse users, including myself, already complete with followers and everything. Then I started getting follows from people I already followed, but from GAB. Did some checking and like me most of those people didnt open the accounts either. Thats all I know, but I dont think the clones are the bulk of the million.
@ZacharyHerold @Gargron @dansup @editor @mastodonusercount the funny thing is they literally hid any numbers that could indicate activity -- not just the HYAU and MAU counts, but also removing trends entirely because it looked bad to see only "20 people talking" about a certain hashtag.
based on the rate at which new posts are being created, however, it's estimated that gab is about 92x less active per-user than freespeechextremist. so a lot of those users must be inactive.