Manton Reece has updated his excellent and inspiring book on Indie Microblogging.

This 1660 description of the Royal Society well describes methinks:

💬 “Their first purpose was no more, then onely the satisfaction of breathing a freer air, and of conversing in quiet one with another, without being ingag’d in the passions, and madness of that dismal Age”. The fediverse is an opportunity learned societies can’t ignore