We're currently considering setting up a Mastodon instance for crystal.cafe.
Mastodon is a social media network similar to Twitter which everyone can host as a smaller self-moderated community, each called an instance. Users from all instances are able to communicate with any other instances unless they are private ones.
Some perks of Mastodon:
- adjust the privacy of each post (like Facebook)
- customize your feed by using different columns for a private and a global timeline, excluding languages you don't speak, and so on
- spoiler options, 500 character post length, gif support
The big disadvantage: Mastodon is still young and the userbase is small. (Like us!) Some might be discouraged from exploring it because it caters to a specific group. However, since we'd host our own instance untouched by the global community (unless you choose to curate your timeline differently), it really would be whatever our users make it. By bringing your friends along, you can help it grow into a small community of just what you want.
If we can get enough users to state their interest, we will get a domain (your personal url would be something like crystal.cafe/@user) and host an instance. Please let us know by replying to this post!
Two examples of a crystal.cafe mastodon on different instances:https://sunshinegardens.org/@crystalcafehttps://mastodon.social/@crystalcafe