Mastodon et al.

Fediverse: Volunteer-run Twitter.

Drama in your home salon!

This is kinda fun, but not something I’m passionate about. It is not owned by megacorps which is a plus. OTOH it has a high maintenance overhead (running a server). It does not help the paranoiac reasons for choosing DIY as is not cryptographically strong, and thus subject to censorship and surveillance etc. But also it’s cute and friendly and evokes early-internet nostalgia, which is sweet.


As I call it, cosy twitter. Maybe it should be hyggr or something. This is close to what I imagined social media would be like in the year 2000, for better and for worse. Lots of local communities, peer-recommendation friendly, hard for a corporate overlord to influence, cute and customisable… That said, it is a lot of work and the communities I want are not so easy to motivate into participating. 🏗

You want to have it without hosting it? there are businesses which do it. One obvious contender is Librem Social which hosts Mastodon and some other handy things. USD2-USB8/month depending on your options. Not sure how the pricing scales per user.

Simon Willison’s intro is helpful: It looks like I’m moving to Mastodon.


PeerTube is a federated video sharing system, with a structure much like Mastodon and using the same federation protocols. Written in Typescript, if you are curious. I am curious how well this scales. Video is hard.

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