I think I'm starting to really get Mastodon after looking at m.sprovoost.nl and himk.am vs bitcoinhackers.org. Each instance doesn't need 1000s or millions of users to be succesful (aka network affects). It can be as small as hosting a couple friends and strangers. The data resides there but can interact with virtually any unblocked federation instance.


@Clashicly thanks. I only host myself and my alter ego bot 🙂

The application is built in Ruby on Rails which I have experience deploying, so it was pretty easy for me. Upgrading every couple months has been painless too so far.

I think it makes sense to host friends, family, or people some (small) niche interest.

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