What started as a small experiment, eventually became an obsession. And now it's a part of me that I can't get rid of. I started self-hosting services on my Raspberry Pi after my mere fascination of having more control over my own data. Now that experiment has landed me to rent servers and manage ethical services for others to use. Self-hosting sure is great! But somewhere I feel I was quite late to the party. Anyway, better late than never.
I call it Legohouse. Like it or not. If you have read my posts in the past, you sure know my inclination towards Legos. The whole idea is to host ethical services that anyone could be a part of, which will help anyone start off with fediverse.
I primarily wanted my friends and family into fediverse since I don't use mainstream social media, and it would be nice to have them on board, so I don't miss out on anything. I have found that it's easier for my friends and family to get into fediverse, if I tell them that I primarily maintain them. Likewise, I think, trust on the maintainer surely plays a role here.
For now, I'm primarily interested in Federated alternatives to mainstream tools that can help me get in touch with the family and friends while giving them a friendly experience of ethical tools. Some of them are also open to the public, so you can create an account right away. Eventually I might also show my interest towards better-frontend's and some unique federated tools which are ethical in nature. (if there's enough RAM to accommodate it all)
I'm currently running a Mastodon instance, which most of my friends are part of. After lots of beta testing while keeping it closed, I finally updated the server rules and terms and opened it for public on Aug 26th 2021. Well, it's not as polished as other mastodon instances out there. But I hope to eventually get there with time.
Along with Mastodon, I also run other services in there, but they are not available for public access just yet. Once I get confident with my skills, I may open them for public. *Wink Wink!*
I'm hosting Bookwyrm soon. Which is (in their own words),
BookWyrm is a social network for tracking your reading, talking about books, writing reviews, and discovering what to read next. Federation allows BookWyrm users to join small, trusted communities that can connect with one another, and with other ActivityPub services like Mastodon and Pleroma.
And Pixelfed which is,
A free and ethical photo sharing platform.
Bookwyrm is a federated alternative to Goodreads (Since I love reading books, and it will be great to connect with other readers out there) and Pixelfed is a federated alternative to Instagram and Instagram photo sharing services.
I don't really like to pose these services as alternatives since in the end, they are all unique services in their own instead of shadowing other services out there trying to be alternatives. They do certain things that mainstream services don't. And few things far better than them. All in all, they are ethical, and they add a lot of value to its user base.
Ah, nothing. Just wanted to write a quick post and put my thoughts out there regarding what I have been doing lately. If you like to be a part of the services that are not open to the public yet, get in touch with me, and I'll hop you on board. Have a nice day. :)