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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] For folks new to technology unfamiliar with co

From: bill-auger
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] For folks new to technology unfamiliar with computing what is the a) applicable definition for "instance"... and b) applicable definition for "social instances"...
Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 07:57:43 -0400

On Mon, 13 May 2019 13:17:15 +0200 mray wrote:
> There is no "email" company where all people have their mail.
> There are different servers (or "instances") that talk to each
> other.

that is somewhat of a misconception though - anyone can run
their own email service - the fact that most people use
commercial providers is nothing different than the fact that the
vast majority of mastodon users do not run their own instance,
but flock to a single provider such as

all email services inter-operate (or federate) with each other in
very much the same way as mastodon or gnu-social, regardless of
who owns the box

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