I joined Mastodon during one of the waves of user migrations after Elon Musk took over Twitter, and I have to say, I like it there. By the time I left Twitter, my block list was almost 1,000 strong, and any extended time spent on Twitter would inevitably lead to adding a few more bigots to the list (such a rich, rich diversity of bigotry!). Mastodon is so completely different. There are pros and cons to the way Mastodon community-based moderation works, but it does make for a place I like to spend time in.
So I didn’t really know what to make of Threads when people started talking about it. My first introduction was from the pledges to pre-emptively block Threads as soon as it launched. And I get the criticism. I avoid Facebook because I’m not comfortable with how the platform has impacted society (I do use WhatsApp and Instagram though, so… total hypocrite). “Embrace, extend and extinguish” is a real thing.
But I’m not going to commit to ignoring Threads when it eventually becomes available in Europe. I don’t imagine I’ll open an account there, but I could see myself following some Thread accounts via Mastodon. A big part of why I feel this way is informed by how I see success for Mastodon. Success for Mastodon and the Fediverse doesn’t necessarily mean having the most users. I think it is a lot more about having a spirit of community. If Threads becomes the biggest actor using ActivityPub, I don’t see that taking away the things that make Mastodon a good place to be. Because what makes Mastodon a good place to be is the people who actively choose it as their place to talk online. I don’t think they are going away, no matter how big Threads gets.