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@Potus just joined fediverse via Instagram Threads

The Federation Universe — the name for the social network made up of interconnected servers like Mastodon — got another boost of legitimacy on Tuesday as the @Potus (President of the United States) account shared its first Federation post on Instagram Threads. An account run by the Biden team posted a message about the president’s support for reproductive freedom on Meta’s emerging Twitter/X rival Threads.

Soon after, Threads users noticed that his posts featured Threads’ Federation Universe shared logo – a circular shape resembling a planet orbiting a star, giving a sense of the interconnected universes that make up the Federation Universe.

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While many consumers may not yet know the term, the idea of ​​federated universes will become an even more important part of the social network’s future in the coming months, especially given Meta’s embrace of the technology and the underlying ActivityPub protocol.

Simply put, the term refers to the interconnected servers running a social network that can all communicate with each other. Mastodon is an open source posting service similar to Twitter and is an important member of the fediverse, as are other platforms such as video sharing service PeerTube, Instagram alternative Pixelfed, discussion forum software company Lemmy, and publishing platform WriteFreely.

Together, these services form a “social network” with a total of 9.9 million users, including approximately 1.08 million monthly active users.

When Meta launched Threads, its text-centric Twitter/X competitor, the company said it planned to syndicate the app so that users on Mastodon and other networks could view and reply to Threads user posts.

Threads began testing the integration late last year and opened the Federated Diversity Sharing beta to Threads users in March. This feature is not fully rolled out yet, and there are still some limitations. For example, currently, Threads users cannot see who has replied to or liked their posts from other servers, nor can they share their posts via polls. But these are features that will appear in the future.

Despite the lack of this feature, the @Potus account’s support for syndicated sharing means Biden’s posts will have a wider reach because they can also be viewed by users who aren’t already using Threads, X, or other non-syndicated social apps.

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