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Updated the "Related projects" page to list Fediverse platforms that aren't available through Managed hosting:

For platforms that are available through managed hosting, have a look at the "Grow your own social network" page:

You can use Nextcloud's Talk add-on to create your own private instant messaging and voice/video calling service. I've done a little review of it here:

Overall, it's a really good add-on, but you have to be aware of what it is for.

As far as I can tell, there's no federation on Talk (yet) so the only people who can participate are members of your server, or people you invite through special public conversation links.


Also, to make clear, Snikket is still XMPP so it is compatible with existing XMPP servers and software.

They aren't trying to start a messaging network from scratch.

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If you're interested in making your own instant messaging server, I would recommend following @snikket_im

They are trying to make XMPP messenger servers easier for ordinary people to use and host. It's not quite ready yet, but they are in mass beta testing and should launch soon 🤞

XMPP is a good decentralised alternative to Whatsapp etc so it would be brilliant if it can be made accessible to everyone.

More info at

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I'm the maintainer of @feditips, @FediFollows, @FediVideos and @homegrown /

If you appreciate any of these, you can make a donation at: :blobcatheart:

(It says euros but any currency will work!)

Thanks! :blobcathug:

p.s. The images and mention of home computers are just analogies.

I'm not saying that people should self-host on their home computers.

I'm just saying that home computers only became really popular when they were ready-to-use straight out of the box, without tech knowledge.

It would be nice if self-hosting became really popular too, and maybe that can happen through managed hosting companies.

That's why I am doing a non-techy website all about services available through managed hosting.

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GYOS offers tips for people and orgs who want their own online services, but don't know or care about techy stuff like CLIs and FTP.

Everything on is available through managed hosting companies that do all the techy stuff on the owner's behalf.

Originally, home computers were just circuit boards, you had to supply everything else. Home computers only became popular when they were available ready-to-use.

That's why I'm writing about ready-to-use self-hosting! 🌱

Okay big question ⁉️

Is it possible to use my Pixel without a Google account if I delete my Google account?

Make your own private music and podcast streaming service with Nextcloud Music:

Overall this was really nice!

You need to supply the music files and podcast addresses yourself, but once that's done you get a proper private, independent streaming service that also works on mobile apps.

BTW, do check out @powderpaint, especially their album Powderpaint and track Constellation

If you're looking for initiatives that are a bit more techy than Grow Your Own Services, I've listed some in the "related" section:

If you have any suggestions for the list let me know!

As well as @FediFollows, @feditips and @FediVideos, I am now running a small website called Grow Your Own Services:

You can follow its account at @homegrown

GYOS is aimed at people interested in having their own indie online services, but who don't care about the techy stuff. All of the content assumes you are using a managed hosting company, where the hosting company handles the tech.

Hopefully this approach opens up self-hosting to a wider range of people.


Spacebear now provides Write Freely managed hosting:

You can also get Write Freely managed hosting from and

Write Freely is a minimalist blogging platform which federates with the Fediverse. You can follow Write Freely blogs from Mastodon etc. More info at

Done another app review for Nextcloud, this time looking at Forms:

Forms lets you create your own online surveys with all kinds of questions (multiple choice, text boxes, calendars, buttons, dropdowns etc).

Because it runs entirely on your Nextcloud, the data never goes anywhere else, and there are no ads or trackers.

It's a good privacy-friendly alternative to Google Forms or SurveyMonkey.

Just had a very weird conversation with someone discussing an open source voice assistant, I asked about its privacy and they blocked me. This isn't very reassuring.

Be really careful with voice assistants. As far as I know, all of them rely on sending your data to the manufacturer's server.

Open source alone won't protect you. Open source tells you what the software does, but if it does bad stuff you need to act on that information to protect yourself.

Here's my review of the Cookbook app for Nextcloud:

It lets you grab recipes in one click from recipe websites and build your own private cookbook. There's an example of this in the screenshots below.

In short: if you are into food at all, and you own a Nextcloud, you need to install this app 🤤

Done a little page explaining what managed hosting means:

GYOS is mainly written about managed hosting, because it lets a much wider range of people create their own servers.

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