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I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.

This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.

I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.

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I finished my stint as a Mozilla Fellow and now I'm relaunching my Patreon with a focus on, well, fixing social media.

This means I'm going to continue my concerted work trying to make the fediverse a better place, in the form of best practice guides for running instances, external advocacy, and technical tutorials and training so that more people can contribute software to the fediverse at large.

You can read a partial summary of my work so far at my new Patreon page!

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A year ago I tried learning ActivityPub, and more or less failed. I was confounded by a spec that was so abstract I couldn't make heads or tails of it. Turns out I was missing some key things.

I have written a guide to learning about ActivityPub that I wish existed a year ago when I first set out to learn how to write social media servers that conform to the spec:

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A while back I built a site that converts RSS feeds to ActivityPub actors that you can subscribe to from Mastodon and other ActivityPub-compliant social networks:

I've now also published the source code:

*slaps roof of your very own bathroom* this bad boy can fit so many fluoride mouthwashes in it

Related reading...

Great recent post from on whether the web can survive a Chrome monoculture:

hello, it is night on the internet

(selfie, eye contact)

Queer Eye but it's five soft words opening communication

You die a villain or you live long enough to be an old villain

glad screencast mania has finally broken and the hot new way to teach people about topics in programming in 2019 is handwritten text-only webcomics

*Notice Regarding New Company Establishment and Transfer of Business

As of today we have established a new company, "Distributed Social Network Organization LLC.", that will solely manage distributed social networking sites, in order to see the continued development and in addition to improving transparency.

The transfer of business is scheduled for 7/26 (Fri) JST, but this is still subject to slight change.

More info:

この度、 並びに の持続的な発展並びに透明性の向上などのため、

特に最近、 他のマストドンインスタンスにおいても、サーバー費用などの会計明細を公開する流れが来ておりました。

@cameralibre btw, per your post here the other day, you may wish to follow @ultradeepfield

Technically, I do believe the current tools we see popping up are better built versions of centralized platforms most people use, and that's cool.

But the reason progress is so slow is because we're still clinging to the concepts they ground into us when their were no other options available.

We need to stop building decentralized platforms in the same vein of centralized ones.

And building tools that actually help people *must* be at the center of why we're building them in the first place.

open source software development advice 

a probably-wrong feeling about programming that I have 

Just in case you or someone you know would like to take some money from these people, here is the link.

Was forwarded this call for artwork titled "Open Call: The Democratization of Artificial Intelligence via Blockchain". It is from a residency program that encourages "investigations into impacts of emerging technologies on industry, culture and society."

They link to an "explainer" article by the arts organization itself that doesn't explain what they mean by "democratization" and indeed seems to conflate "democracy" with the equally slippery term "openness".

It's just fucking buzzword soup.

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Friend Camp

The decentralized web is about trust. You should only join Friend Camp if you personally trust Darius Kazemi with your social media data. You probably only have that level of trust if we are IRL friends or have been internet friends for a long time. Generally speaking this is a small, closed community. In the end, Darius is the arbiter of what is allowed here. If you don't have a good idea of the kind of behavior that flies with Darius, again, you probably shouldn't join this instance. In the interest of specificity, we do have a code of conduct and privacy policy which you should read. Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users. * you can log in via any subdomain, which means you can log in to multiple accounts in the same browser session (for example, log in once on and then as another user on * they are no longer called "toots", they are now "posts" * if you have a locked account and you get a follow request, a reminder appears under your "post" button (on normal Mastodon mobile it is otherwise buried in a sub-menu and you might not see it for a long time) * the emoji dropdown is a neutral smiley face instead of the cry-laughing smiley @mentions are rendered as "@user" for a Friend Camp user and "@user@domain" for remote users. This helps clear up when you follow two people who have the same username on different servers. * there is a "never ask me again" checkbox on the confirmation for clearing your notifications -- more info here * When an mp3 link is in a post, we also embed an inline mp3 player. git commit here * 500 characters of profile text git commit here, requested by @deerful Important Bit from the Privacy Docs: If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other users, and only ever @ mention other users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet! Our beautiful icon is based on photo3idea_studio from, licensed CC 3.0 BY. It has been modified by!