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

@darius @clarity This sounds like a feature I've been wanting for a while now. Basically lists for keywords, though not necessarily hashtags.

Being able to organize the main timeline by divvying it up based on subject matter can help a lot for people with busy timelines.

@KitsuneAlicia @darius @clarity I'd really like to follow by topic instead of by user. I think more folks doing that would reduce the petty toxicity that pervades the "good" half of Fedi.


@USBloveDog @darius @clarity Theoretically, that's what hashtags are supposed to be for, but their lack of use -- especially on the Fediverse -- makes it hard to do so.

Also, it depersonalizes the relationship, which is what social media has always supposed to have been about.

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@USBloveDog @darius @clarity So this is why I figure this would work better. We split up the home timeline to allow better organization over the stuff that people we follow talk about.

It helps us have conversations about topics on our own terms while still keeping things more personal than say, Reddit.

@KitsuneAlicia @darius @clarity

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?

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