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@monkey1 @maerbear

I'm thinking about taking down this Mastodon instance. The platform is really impressive. Some of the best open software I've seen. And it would be fun if we had more friends involved. But the kind of communicating we are doing now could probably be done just as well on something like Signal. It's not a big burden in terms of time or $. Just an extra thing to check. Do we want or need it?

@knyfe @maerbear

Totally OK if you take it down. I had had a couple of curves thrown at me these past few weeks so I hadn't been posting much but I am back to normal. Thanks for carrying out this experiment.

@knyfe
part of me is like "no no no!" because i've still been thinking about reaching out to folks to try to inspire a mass migration. but i've also felt overwhelmed with a bunch of stuff so i haven't done it yet. also i wonder about scope. like try for 20 people? or 200? then i get stuck. i understand if you feel done with it, though. i go back and forth all the time about whether or not i want to interface with social media in my life, so....
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@maerbear
My feeling is that if we can't even get the peeps currently signed up to use it, we probably won't get many more. Same story I've heard from other advocates of federation. Network effect. FB, Twitter, etc have it locked. Damn shame.
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@knyfe
yeah, in order to get more people to use it, we'd have to get more people to use it!! sort of all at once. not quite all at once -- but sort of. people don't want to toot into a vacuum. but that means being ready to take on hundreds or thousands of new users. people don't want to join unless they think they can convince their friends to join, and their friends, and their friends...
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@maerbear
Who wouldn't want to "toot into a vacuum"?!? 😜
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@knyfe @maerbear

I thought this instance was going away! I have been checking out Foostodon but it is too nerdy in some ways but not nerdy enough in others.

Oh, and no real politics so far...

@monkey1
I dunno. Monthly cost is less than a cappuccino.

@maerbear
I don't think scaling up poses a problem. The server as it is can likely handle hundreds of accounts, and can be bumped up if needed. Plus it's a federation! Lots of other instances our there.

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