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 That's really cool. Do you ever end up wishing you had more than one "room" to chat in with a group that size? On discord or whatever I find that ~50 people often end up with two or three parallel conversations
@clarity Yeah. For my fork I'm hoping to add better hashtag functionality and "exclusive lists" that remove stuff that appears in the list from your home timeline. So you could have a list that is an open search for a hashtag, filter it local only, and there is your chat channel
Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.