A few days ago I saw that @Pinboard@twitter.com had joined Telegram, and now I know a bit about why:


A worthwhile read on what thinks are like in Hong Kong right now.

the design of twitter & other follow-boost services like tumblr or mastodon is fundamentally untenable and will always create conflict on such scales that people will feel like their only response is violence

@dosch Sorry, for some reason I thought it was you asking the question. Need to sleep more I guess.

@switchingsocial It is a standard theme in Searx, I might have gotten rid of a logo somewhere though.

@dosch Nope. Ik heb al genoeg moeite om mijn eigen instance draaiende te houden. Plus ik zou ook niet precies weten hoe ik de community zou kiezen.

@dosch Volgens mij is het vooral een design dat bewust zo ontworpen is dat viraliteit tegen wordt gegaan. Bijv. door arbitrary search te vermijden. Zie: blog.joinmastodon.org/2018/07/

Fun way to find random documents. Go to Google search, and search for

filetype:pdf the

Feel free to replace the word "the" with any other innocuous word. You'll get a bunch of random PDFs.

Another fun constraint:

filetype:pdf site:org the

This will return PDFs by ".org" domains (mostly nonprofits) so you get a bunch of random reports.

Also try

filetype:pdf "internal use only"

"So the solution has to be to build ethically and to meet a user's need in the most direct way possible. Build something that people really want, and do it ethically, while not making the ethics the differentiator. You'll capture some early adopters through the ethics of your work, but you'll get the bulk of your customers by serving their self-interest." werd.io/2019/doing-well-while-

@dosch Ik vind dit heel vet: runyourown.social/. Ik denk dan ook dat we los moeten komen van het idee dat we maar één Mastodon account hebben.

@dosch Ad 2. Dat weet ik niet zo zeker. Ik ben uiteindelijk bang voor de manier waarop Google mail aan het centraliseren is en zou dat op Mastodon willen voorkomen. Zoveel energie kost een VPS nou ook weer niet, dus als je het zelf kan, dan is het misschien wel verstandig om het zelf te doen. Dan hoef ik ook geen andere administrator te vertrouwen en kan ik mijn eigen configuratie beslissingen nemen.

@dosch Yo yo!

Ad 1. Ik heb het boek van Lanier even niet direct bij de hand, maar ik denk eigenijk dat de meeste van zijn tien redenen juist niet opgaan voor Mastodon. Mijn belangrijkste reden om met Twitter te stoppen (dat ik daar niet mijn beste zelf was, of verleid werd die niet te zijn) lijkt voor Mastodon in ieder geval niet op te gaan.

@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...)

@darius So that requires Mastodon clients that allow for multiple accounts I guess...

@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?

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 @DashEquals@linuxrocks.online For what it is worth: local only posts is what I found strangely missing as a new user. To me it intuitively makes so much sense to see an instance as a potential community.

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Hans de Zwart's Mastodon

This is the instance running Hans de Zwart's Mastodon account. It is a single user instance.