On people dropping out of Mastodon: You need to keep finding more people to follow in an interest based network since people will be dropping out all the time. Your relatives and friends from school don’t disappear as quickly on Facebook, nor do journalists and news outlets disappear on Twitter, but in the more interesting and interest-based communities, that’s simply how it is. You need to replenish the pool and keep finding and following more people. They’re everywhere.
@kensanata that sucks, because one of the reasons social networks exist is keeping in touch with people you know in real life. And I can't do that here. But I can do it on. But I am not doing it because I know it's a trap, and the only reason I can do it is because my IRL friends are trapped too.
It's a vicious circle.