Fediverse: what can we do now that we couldn’t before?

After listening to the DotSocial Podcast episode “Moving the Fediverse Forward at FediForum and Beyond, with Johannes Ernst of Dazzle Labs“, a question stuck with me and I think is very relevant: What can we do now that the Fediverse exists that we couldn’t before?

One example Johannes Ernst provides is someone trying to make money with Linux instead of considering what it allows since it’s free and open.

A similar situation happens with the Fediverse. I don’t believe the aim should be “How can I make money with this” (I have seen people wondering that question time and again) but “What can one do that wouldn’t be possible before”.