Would be interesting to know if decentralized social platforms like the are closer to than centralized platforms with their monstrous datacenters.

The footprint of those is surely going to become an issue going forward, that's explains marquee pre-emptive actions to link them to renewables.

The question is whether intrinsically (and ceteris paribus) consumes less (because traffic remains more localized)

@openrisk the traffic is not localized. users may sign up for any profiles across the world. but the data is reduplicated on every server and this is really an excessive use of storage, the reverse side of any decentralization.

@iron_bug localized in the sense that most people would be exchanging information with others in their vicinity (say city level) and signing up to geographically close instances would have various advantages.

Storage and compute efficiencies are an important factor and maybe they trump any network efficiencies. But it may also be the case that an optimum of sorts is far more decentralized than current, especially if one takes into account other factors such as resiliency.

@openrisk network eliminates geography. user may register at any server. users don't select resources by their physical location.
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@iron_bug is any user offered the possibility of registering in a local server?

@openrisk absolutely. users choose not server IP, but the convenience and different other things.
@openrisk the most users don't even check IPs when they sign up for some services.
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