The Federation feature that allows you to host your own server on Bluesky is finally starting, what is the difference with Mastodon?

Bluesky has released a Federation feature for self-hosters that allows users to host their own servers. Until now, data that was basically stored on Bluesky's server can now be saved on individual servers, and yet the same data is displayed to all users no matter which server they access it from. A new step forward has been taken.

Bluesky: An Open Social Web - Bluesky

Early Access Federation for Self-Hosters | Bluesky

Bluesky is not a server managed by a single company like X (formerly Twitter), but anyone can freely manage the server, and even if the operating company goes bankrupt, you can continue to maintain posted content and human relationships and create a new server. It is an SNS that aims to build an ecosystem that can be migrated to SNS. This type of SNS is called a decentralized SNS, and Mastodon is a typical example.

On February 22, 2024, as a first step toward server decentralization, Bluesky released the Federation feature to allow users to host their own data. As a result, anyone can now self-host Bluesky PDS (Personal Data Server), which can store and manage 'likes' and follower information, and participate in Bluesky's decentralized network.

Your experience with Bluesky remains the same, even if you store your information on your own servers or servers built by another party. To others, your posts and other information will always appear the same, no matter where your information is stored or how many times it is moved.

Mastodon's community is built within servers called 'instances,' so the information you get for each participating instance differs. On the other hand, Bluesky connects to a global network like X no matter which server manages data, so you can enjoy a wider range of information at once.

Instructions for self-hosting Bluesky PDS can be found in the repository below.

GitHub - bluesky-social/pds: Bluesky PDS (Personal Data Server) container image, compose file, and documentation

Bluesky says, 'This time we are releasing an early access version of the Federation feature, aimed at self-hosters and developers. After this initial phase, we are expanding the Federation feature to people who want to run large servers with many users. 'For a more technical overview of what we're releasing today and how you can get involved, check out our developer blog .'

In response to the question, ``Isn't there any point in having a feature like this if the displayed content doesn't change?'' Bluesky answered, ``If SNS relies on one company, it will be short-lived. , we believe that the future of social media must be a public good, mutually owned by the people and businesses that participate in it. Social media should be as open and trustworthy as the internet itself. 'Being able to host your data in the same way that you host a website is a fundamental guarantee that social media is not solely controlled by one company.' This marks a new step in data management that is not tied to companies.

in Web Service, Posted by log1p_kr