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After many hours of messing around with things I don't really understand, I finally managed to set up a private instance at social.njms.ca

You can follow me there at @nat! (If this doesn't work out then there's a half decent chance I'll wind up back here)

After many hours of messing around with things I don't really understand, I finally managed to set up a private instance at social.njms.ca

You can follow me there at @nat! (If this doesn't work out then there's a half decent chance I'll wind up back here)

I remember tearing my hair out over trying to figure out how to get SSL certificates to work when I was younger. With Let's Encrypt it literally takes like six seconds. I can't believe it took me so long to figure that out

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Does anyone have advice on running a private (or fediverse in general) instance at home?

For context, I don't have much money to pay for cloud computing, but I do have a half decent connection to the internet and a slowly aging computer I could use as a server.

I know Pleroma is supposed to be less resource intensive, but just how feasible is it? Are there any obstacles I should be aware of?

Trends in the fediverse aren't like trends elsewhere. When something's trending on Twitter, something big had to happen in the real world. When something's trending on Mastodon, a bunch of people just happened to all be on the same wave length at the same time

It's always fascinating to browse the federated timeline to see the kinds of instances your instance is federating with. Sometimes in a dangerous sort of way

More thoughts on how dark patterns have found their way into the Fediverse:

njms.ca/posts/the-fediverse-so

Having options when it comes to picking a client is definitley a huge advantage but it doesn't seem like it's occurred to anyone to avoid things like infinite scrolling (yet)

Why not take a break?
You can pause the game at anytime by pressing +.

@njms Your best option if you're looking to avoid dark patterns is probably to use a CLI client like Toot, but even Toot has infinite scrolling...

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Tons of brilliant work has been done to build this social media ecosystem without spying, but transparency only solves half the problem. If we design Fediverse apps to parrot the interfaces of Twitter and Instagram, then we're just recreating all the same dark patterns under different administration

While Fedilab's integration isn't perfect, the fact that you can now access Pixelfed on your phone without having to use a web browser is amazing. Maybe I won't feel so crazy when trying to convince people to start using it

Deep down in my heart, I still think that fully decentralized social media would be pretty cool, but I'm starting to realize that the blockchain is definitely not the way forward for it

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The blockchain gave us such a lucrative opportunity to turn everything into a commodity that we never stopped to wonder if putting a price tag on simple human interactions was the right thing to do

It's been something like three years since I last logged into Mastodon; it doesn't feel like it's changed a day. Which is great, considering every other platform the anarchist in me three years ago thought was cool has since taken a hard turn right

C.IM

C.IM is a general, mainly English-speaking Mastodon instance.