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.
@darius Have you found that using a microblogging tool for more chatroom-esque conversations causes any unwanted friction?
There's some fundamental things about the microblogging model that I'm not really a fan of for community spaces, but with the local timeline I'm wondering if that mostly resolves itself in practice.
@clarity The local timeline, combined with the fact that we all get to know each other, pretty much resolves that in practice
@darius ah!! that's really interesting, I'll be curious to see how it ends up feeling
It helps us have conversations about topics on our own terms while still keeping things more personal than say, Reddit.
I swear that I'm the only user on my instance who is remotely consistent with #hashtags.
One thing that really made me wish to follow by topic is the number of small instance admins I follow and their posts about blocking other small instances clogging my home TL. Sure, it's less personal (b/c you're not seeing posts about the dating life of someone you follow for their science puns), but does seeing those posts make you care or more empathetic?
Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.