I think I'm starting to really get Mastodon after looking at m.sprovoost.nl and himk.am vs bitcoinhackers.org. Each instance doesn't need 1000s or millions of users to be succesful (aka network affects). It can be as small as hosting a couple friends and strangers. The data resides there but can interact with virtually any unblocked federation instance.
@Clashicly there is an optimum amount for each instance. But at the moment there are just learning pains. Like migrating follows. I bounce back and forth of three instances.
@hanakookie Yeah, I realize if you have too few "Local" will barely have posts. "Federated" maybe too much. Harder to find people to follow so "Home" has a good feed. Would be interesting to have local be a federations of a handful of instances.
@Clashicly it just takes time. We can promote decentralizing from here without breaking the continuity of the feed. Just have to follow and get follows from as many as possible. Then export to another instance.
@Clashicly thanks. I only host myself and my alter ego bot 🙂
The application is built in Ruby on Rails which I have experience deploying, so it was pretty easy for me. Upgrading every couple months has been painless too so far.
I think it makes sense to host friends, family, or people some (small) niche interest.
Bitcoin Maston Instance