With people moving from one instance to another are we not just going to end up with a ton of 'ghost' accounts all over the place?

@nathanpitman I suspect that will be a problem, particularly early on. There's a 'I've moved' setting, perhaps in future that could be more of a redirect than just a signpost.

@steve and even if you do move, what then becomes of your old toots, at present you can’t take them with you - there needs to be a solution to that.

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@nathanpitman It will be interesting to see how this all pans out as time goes on.

@steve @nathanpitman I set up an account two years ago on an instance that no longer exists. This is a new account. What happened to my old toots? Is decentralised really a good idea?

@paulannett @nathanpitman It is a problem, and I'm really not sure what the answer is. I'm interested to see how things progress and whether these things are addressed in future versions of the platform.

@paulannett @steve less of an issue if you own your own instance... but for most that's not an option. Hopefully some decent 'paid' instances will emerge... the other option is instances which are free but funded by sharing your data with sponsors/advertisers (Twitter all over again).

@nathanpitman @paulannett Data payment will actually be fine for the great unwashed, paid instance for the slightly more tech savvy, and own-instance for the nerds, it's likely not a one-for all. The good thing though is that this caters for that, the Bird model doesn't. Time will tell if it sinks or floats.

@steve @paulannett it would be nice to see the likes of Google, MS and others run instances but equally this has created a market for indies to do the same and establish a business based on that.

@nathanpitman I'm actually quite interested to see if the likes of TapBots/etc would start their own (paid) instances, perhaps allowing free use of their software if connecting to it. Could be an interesting business model. All depends if it takes off of course, which is a big *if*.

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