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Observations about Friendica / Mastodon Interactions


- Posts don't show up in your feed from before you follow someone... BUT if someone you follow comments on a post, then it will appear.

- On Nerdica you experience almost no lag from Mastodon.social, but there is almost 5 minutes of lag the other way.

- The post limit is... virtually non-existent on Nerdica.

- The interface isn't entirely intuitive, and I don't know how to post gifs

More observations may be forthcoming... I just wanted to centralize them so it doesn't become spam.
fediverse (x) friendica (x) mastodon (x)

Is it not possible to follow #PeerTube accounts from #Friendica? That wouldn't be a dealbreaker, but it would be very disappointing.

About the lag: I don't think I experience the same with my Mastodon on https://nerdculture.de/, but can't comment whether or not there is a protocol imposed lag with ActivityPub. You may try to ask !helpers@forum.friendi.ca.

I could imagine that it might have something to do with queueing: when the queue is already full, it will take some time until an additional worker task kicks in. When there is nearly no queueing backlog, it's more or less instant. There are queues for incoming and outgoing messages, I assume. Maybe the same also applies to Mastodon, so it might also be that the incoming queue on mastodon.social is full and it needs some time until your message arrives there.

There's almost no lag between Mastodon instances on Mastodon.social, but I'm not sure if there's lag between it and any other ActivityPub platforms. It would be interesting to find out, for sure.

Well, at least the server itself is not overloaded:

top - 00:26:56 up 6 days, 28 min,  2 users,  load average: 0.98, 1.48, 1.40
Tasks: 213 total,   5 running, 208 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
%Cpu0  :  1.0 us,  0.3 sy,  0.0 ni, 80.9 id, 16.4 wa,  0.0 hi,  0.7 si,  0.7 st
%Cpu1  : 13.4 us,  2.7 sy,  0.0 ni, 83.9 id,  0.0 wa,  0.0 hi,  0.0 si,  0.0 st
%Cpu2  : 15.4 us,  2.3 sy,  0.0 ni, 82.3 id,  0.0 wa,  0.0 hi,  0.0 si,  0.0 st
%Cpu3  : 10.3 us,  0.7 sy,  0.0 ni, 88.7 id,  0.0 wa,  0.0 hi,  0.3 si,  0.0 st


Anyhow, you can expect a slightly increased load on the server at 1:00 CEST when monthly RAID check is starting (each first Sunday of month).

Oh, that's good to know! I'm so used to big platforms that I'd forgotten server maintenance sometimes actually slows things down 😅

You can see posts your friends reply to, even if you don't follow the person that posted the original post in the thread.

Sometimes there are things that appear when you hover over something. They don't do anything, as far as I can tell. Example: if you hover over an avatar, a little triangle appears. Clicking it does nothing. Clicking the avatar takes you to their profile page. If it's your avatar then it gives you options.... sometimes.

Hmm, when I hover about an avatar I get this pop-up menu:

Image/Photo

I'm using Firefox on Mac.