When choosing a pod make sure to consider not only network location (Country) and pod version, but also what cross posting services it offers (if you wan't to cross post to other social networks).
Notes about the Services column.
There is a bug currently that causes the services to be listed as not enabled for any pods that have configuration set as environment variables. This is why the services column is mostly empty at the moment.
Disclaimer: This pod list is in no way an official list of diaspora* pods and Friendica/Redmatrix hubs. Also it does not contain all of the pods or hubs in those networks. Due to the distributed way these networks work, it is not possible to even make a list of all pods and hubs.
what is the federation?
A loving term for three awesome decentralized social media projects.
TODO: link post where it was mentioned for the first time, give credit, and longer explanation. Sorry this site renewal is under construction.
what is diaspora*?
Diaspora* is an awesome decentralized open source social network full of really cool people. Instead of being owned and controlled by a single corporation, all the pods (servers) in the diaspora* network are totally independent and controlled usually by single individuals. The project, which is run by a community of volunteers, builds the software which is free to use by anyone. You can easily run a pod yourself too, or if you don't want to, check out some of the open pods listed here and go create an account!
The statistics hub is a piece of software that was proposed by myself as an official project pod list resource that would automatically pull in data from opt-in pods. The user and post count data here is opt-in for podmins and needs to be activated in pod settings. The idea is to generate some feel towards how many of us diasporians (and later, friendicans and redmatrixians!) there really are.
The code is in GitHub under AGPLv3. Please file bugs and ideas there if you want to - and of course pull request are welcome too. This is very much work in progress.
can I get a copy of the data?
It's all available as JSON, feel free to use any data you want! I cannot guarantee the JSON will not change over time, though it should mostly stay stable. You can always let me know if you depend on some JSON feed and I'll make sure not to break it.
Please don't abuse these endpoints. They are refreshed only once per day, at 00:13 EET, so there is no need to bang them every 10 minutes for new data..
how do I get my instance listed?
For diaspora*, if your pod runs 0.3.0.0 or newer, you already have the code! Go to https://<yourpod.tld>/statistics.json to verify it works. It is suggested to also activate the counts, which is done by editing the relevant configuration and restarting your diaspora* pod.
For registering your pod with this hub, go to http://the-federation.info/register/<yourpod.tld>. After some seconds, you should see your pod added. After that, daily updates happen once per 24 hours (some minutes past midnight EET).