This brings us to the next point. It is a completely different model of social media than Facebook or Twitter. On the fedi there is not one organization or company, with one set of (mostly proprietary) software, with one moderation policy and with one domain with everyone on it.
Instead all these aspects are decoupled from each other, separating the organization, the software, the domain name, the policies, the funding model etc, and leaving up to each instance to decide on these parameters, while experimenting with autonomy in their governance.
This means us on http://post.lurk.org have friends on for example https://scholar.social or https://social.lodis.se/ which each run different software, have a different focus, policies and are run by different groups. They all also 'see' different parts of the network depending on who they are connected with.
Of course, this makes things more complicated™, in different ways. New forms of responsibility and agency are gained but at the same time a lot of the things you take for granted become less obvious. How to join? How to find the people you know or find interesting? But also larger issues such as how to sustain the costs of local servers, the labor of running an instance, and of course the people that make the software?
We are an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.