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Hello world! 👋

This is the first toot by Grow Your Own Services, a small website that encourages ordinary people to make their own internet.

It's a totally new site so feedback is welcome! (It would be nice to expand the lists of suggested hosting companies, for example.)

Is there any interest in an official Pixelfed hosting service?

Pay as low as $5/month for your own instance with an export feature to easily migrate your data to your own server down the road if you choose.

This could help fund development and our other initiatives like fediverse.info!

#pixelfed #fediverse #selfHost #askFedi

Wow, so many new people here! Hello to you all!

I run the site growyourown.services which encourages people to create their own social networks and online clouds, instead of relying on companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter.

It's much cheaper and easier to do than people realise. You don't need to be a tech nerd to do it 🤓

I hope the site is clear enough for anyone to understand, let me know if you have questions!

Twitter set to accept Musk's original $43 bln offer

Twitter may announce the $54.20-per-share deal later on Monday once its board has met to recommend the transaction to Twitter shareholders, the sources said. It is always possible that the deal collapses at the last minute, the sources added.

#Twitter #ElonMusk #Reuters #SocialHell #TwitterToTheMoonButNotReally

reuters.com/technology/exclusi

To see the add-on apps available on your Nextcloud, log into your Nextcloud's admin account, go to your profile menu and select "Apps".

Browse through the categories to look at the apps available, and click on "Download and enable" to install it.

Most apps are tested and should work okay. Untested apps are labelled with a red warning sign. Only install untested apps if you are comfortable with the risks of it not working or possibly causing problems with your Nextcloud.

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A lot of people think @nextcloud is just a file storage system, but it's more like a personal software platform.

There are LOADS of add-on apps available that give it all kinds of online services:

apps.nextcloud.com

My favourite is the Talk app which lets you run your own instant messaging service 😍

Bear in mind apps are made by different people and may be in different states of readiness, so do read comments and check date of last update.

Shocking results from starting a new @pixelfed instance 🤯

So peerverse.space is 2 weeks old. Despite this, my new profile (@atomicpoet@peerverse.space) has achieved exposure similar to what I had on Instagram.

Key learnings 🧵 blog.peerverse.space/my-pixelf

Mastodon for iOS is in the Top 100 free Social Networking apps in Germany, Spain, and Greece!!

We don't need to passively accept it when conceited billionaires buy up social media.

We can create and use our own social media instead:

growyourown.services/grow-your

There are thousands of community-owned servers on the Fediverse with millions of registered users.

We can take back ownership of our online social lives, if we choose to.

Anyone else plotting their escape plan? 😅

How to Escape from Twitter.

I don’t know who needs to hear this but “free speech” isn’t what some billionaire says you’re allowed to say on his private property.

Musk's letter announcing the takeover begins like this:

"I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy."

...he wants to turn Twitter into what he calls a "free speech" platform. This doesn't sound good at all, considering his track record on what he considers free speech.

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Do you want to gather opinions from people without compromising their privacy?

You can use your own @nextcloud instance to do surveys by installing the free Forms app from your settings menu.

They are really flexible and customisable, and it means you don't have to give your data to Google or anyone else.

You can get a fully managed Nextcloud server from lots of places including @Stuxhost here on the Fedi, and more are listed at growyourown.services/grow-your

First toot and hello Mastodon!

Surveying the general social media and internet landscape, and the hierarchies of power and domination they support, makes me pretty angry, and was also one thing that kept me away for years.

Feeling grateful that I can step back into social cyberspace without resigning myself to becoming a pawn on some tech overlord's chessboard by choosing Mastodon x Fediverse 😍

In commemoration, I'm going to do a Mastodon fan art piece, and here's the first rough sketch

If you're skilled with installing software on servers, here is a very comprehensive categorised list of services you can host yourself:

github.com/awesome-selfhosted/

You can now get managed hosting of @bookwyrm instances provided by the developers themselves, in exchange for regular donations to 's development:

patreon.com/posts/64768354

BookWyrm is a alternative to Amazon's , you can find out more at:

joinbookwyrm.com

BookWyrm is part of the Fediverse, and BookWyrm accounts can be followed from Mastodon and other Fediverse platforms.

Perhaps we should add managed #WordPress hosting to #Stuxhost? This would mean no installation or server updates for the end user but enjoying a super fast WordPress CMS without the hassle..

What do you think?

I've added a new managed hosting provider to the list, @Stuxhost!

They have @nextcloud managed hosting with a free time-limited option for people who want to try it out, and paid options for those who want to go ahead and make their own cloud:

stuxhost.com/store/cloud-hosti

is a really useful personal cloud service that lets you share files, chat to people, collaborate on projects and lots more stuff through the free add-on apps (apps.nextcloud.com/).

We don't need to passively accept it when conceited billionaires buy up social media.

We can create and use our own social media instead:

growyourown.services/grow-your

There are thousands of community-owned servers on the Fediverse with millions of registered users.

We can take back ownership of our online social lives, if we choose to.

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social.growyourown.services

Single-user Mastodon instance for the Grow Your Own Services site