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Bonus points to SiliconANGLE for shoving in Supercloud for no goddamn reason. It’s not a Supercloud, it’s Mastodon as a service. That’s the definition of a fucking platform.
[DEEP BREATHS NED. YOU GOT THIS.]
Oh dammit, it’s not SiliconANGLE, Cloudflare is using the Supercloud terminology too.
I. Just. Can’t.
If we can look past the abhorrent abuse of the English language, the Mastodon server offering, titled Wildebeest- which is not even related to a Mastodon. You know what? Forget it. Cloudflare is terrible at naming things, stick to numbers and letters please.
Speaking of which, the service is not a hosted VPS running the Mastodon stack, instead they have implemented a Mastodon compliant service using their hosted services including, Cloudflare Pages, Worker functions, Cloudflare Images, D1 Database, Workers KV store, and Queues among others. It’s a truly cloud-native implementation of the Mastodon API and ActivityPub spec and I think it’s very cool.
Unfortunately, I also think it might be a little too late for anyone to care. After a flurry of activity and app downloads in November 2022, Mastodon interest has waned, with many accounts going dormant, including mine. Still, it’s impressive engineering by Cloudflare and a great example of how an application spec can be reimagined using cloud-native services.
Maybe they can keep that enterprise spirit focused on software engineering and away from the marketing department.