social federation statistics project

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#fedstats - social federation statistics project

if a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.


gnu/social (/n(j)uː/ /səʊʃl̩/) is a free software project to create a decentralized social network. the network is already quite large, but the full picture is far from well understood. extracting useful metrics from this system has been a fun and interesting challenge. for more information about the federation and gnu/social, see the goal of this project is to have an accurate and transparent system for measuring the public activity of the federation. #fedstats measures network activity by taking snapshots of the whole known network timeline of several popular gnu/social servers.

each notice has the following activity data extracted from it:

  "user": "xj9 (",
  "url": "",
  "feed": "",
  "id": ",2017-04-02:noticeId=1465766:objectType=note"

we keep track of every url that has been seen in the last three days and use the list to filter out duplicates. another group of agents process this data into the following reports.

  • posts (24h)
  • posts (30d)
  • posts (30d peak)
  • active users (24h)
  • active users (30d)
  • active users (30d peak)
  • new users (24h)
  • new users (30d)
  • new users (30d peak)

these are formatted and published to gnu/social daily at 0900 UTC. the data used to generate these reports is available here:


the next revision will utilize a bot instance to discover the full size of the network and improve the accuracy of the survey. i have only begun to scratch the surface of what sort of useful information i can extract from the data that has been collected so far. i hope it will be of some use to the community.

questions and comments are welcome.

see also