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 Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful and inspiring guide! I do also wish for a future where we have thousands of these small instances...

The one thing that I wonder about is around which people I would draw a circle of fifty. And whether those people wouldn't prefer to be in other circles of fifty (or are already in one). In other words: do you foresee one person having multiple accounts or one account being part of multiple small groups of friends?

@hans I foresee the former. The only way I can imagine the latter working is something like Google+ Circles, which I mention in the document how I think it fails on a fundamental level. But I'd love to be proven wrong!

I am experimenting with both variations.
This is a one-person instance which I federate from with lots of other people, some of whom live in multi-person sites, some single-person like mine.

I also have an account in social.coop

I like both of those experiences so far, but they are different, and will become more different if and when we get the AP economic networking features working.

But I agree about g+ circles...


@bhaugen @darius I guess we then all agree about the lure and then disappointment of Google Circles (that time when you would still experiment with Google products...)

@hans @bhaugen I got similar feedback when I posted this article on Twitter!

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