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How to run a small social network site for your friends

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  1. [7]
    rmgr
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    I love the idea of micro-communities, but I think the hardest bit would be convincing friends to join to be honest

    I love the idea of micro-communities, but I think the hardest bit would be convincing friends to join to be honest

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      ruspaceni
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      There's a hidden upside to that from my experience. If you manage to actually get people in via word of mouth and they decide to give it a shot, odds are it'll be a much higher quality level of...

      There's a hidden upside to that from my experience. If you manage to actually get people in via word of mouth and they decide to give it a shot, odds are it'll be a much higher quality level of engagement.

      There's this thing (also called tildes, so i was confused by it at first) that seems really charming, but very esoteric https://tilde.town/ it's what I imagine the old mainframe style of computing must have been like although I'm far too young to know anything about that.

      It's a really neat idea and I lowkey want to try and set one up on a raspberry pi or something, but as you said; getting people on board would be a bit of a struggle. Probably would be worth it though, since quite a few people in my circles are very interested in computing/programming but find it hard to approach learning it when they don't have a specific goal/issue they're tackling.

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        1. cfabbro
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          An interesting article by the creator of Tilde.club, the original micro social network that spawned the tildeverse, was actually mentioned by Deimos in docs.tildes.net FAQ.

          An interesting article by the creator of Tilde.club, the original micro social network that spawned the tildeverse, was actually mentioned by Deimos in docs.tildes.net FAQ.

          4 votes
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        acdw
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        I'm on tilde.town and it's so much fun! I highly recommend getting an account on there. As far as setting it up yourself on an RPi, I'm not sure if that'd be powerful enough for more than, say, 5...

        I'm on tilde.town and it's so much fun! I highly recommend getting an account on there.

        As far as setting it up yourself on an RPi, I'm not sure if that'd be powerful enough for more than, say, 5 people, but an old laptop might be good enough for more.

        1 vote
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          Keegan
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          I would think a Raspberry Pi would be sufficient for that number of users, and probably quite a few more. The zero might struggle, but a 3b+ or even a 4 would be overkill IMO for a small amount of...

          I would think a Raspberry Pi would be sufficient for that number of users, and probably quite a few more.

          The zero might struggle, but a 3b+ or even a 4 would be overkill IMO for a small amount of users, since that service can't be too heavy on bandwidth/resources.

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            acdw
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            oh, I didn't realize! I might have to get a pi4 then and try this out ... someday ...

            oh, I didn't realize! I might have to get a pi4 then and try this out ... someday ...

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            1. Keegan
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              I would definitely get a Pi, since there are so many fun projects to do. Just make sure you read up about what type of USB C cable to get for it, since not all of them work properly with the Pi 4.

              I would definitely get a Pi, since there are so many fun projects to do. Just make sure you read up about what type of USB C cable to get for it, since not all of them work properly with the Pi 4.

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