So like, kind of seems like Bluesky's ATP actually has kind of a lot of centralization? Am I misunderstanding the role of indexers? Like, an indexer would have to take on an extraordinary amount of content and distribute it to each Bluesky instance. Would take a lot of money which would require companies to operate them. To me, the benefit is really more to give more people the opportunity to become Twitter rather than more individual controls.


One one hand, sending everything to indexers who then moderate and distribute the content gets over one of the biggest pain points of Mastodon, discoverability. Like, setting up a standalone instance in this service requires active effort to communicate with other instances to avoid them not becoming a ghost town. On the other, if you need that sort of centralization for distribution, it's hard to see why any federated or decentralized network would work for you over something like Twitter.

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