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one of the hardest things about self hosting isn't being discovered. it is DISCOVERING, as in finding posts by other people that interests you. I just realize I am following 1k people which is pretty extreme but even then I sometimes miss a lot.

This is probably one of the harder aspects of self-hosting. relays help a bit and I am looking forward to being able to re-enable them.

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@eylul I'm having the same experience as I'm running my own instance.

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@diogo this is also why I say folk who boost a lot are in some ways heros of the fediverse. Some folks might find it strange but it literally is how those of us on self-hosted and very small (<1000 users) servers find things as there are very few relays around

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That and stuff like #followfriday and fedifollows

@eylul @diogo

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@maryjane
@diogo

the problem is we also miss a lot of followfridays too. basically anything that isn't either coming from a relay or on not posted somewhere in following list of somebody I follow. :)

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@eylul

Just a question because I am not sure if you are aware of this or not.

Are you familiar with the account:

@FediFollows ?

They regularly post lists of accounts and projects that might be interesting to follow

@diogo

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@maryjane

yeah. :D

@FediFollows and their other projects are really great.

@diogo

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@eylul this is why I feel like "it doesn't matter which instance you're on" or "just make your own instance, you can follow anyone" are not very useful things to tell newbies

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@whjms what we mean by that is that you can communicate with any other server. a common mistake is the assumption that you need to be at the same server as others to be able to talk to them.

What I describe is unlikely to be an issue on many of the open servers that first timers will land anyway. :)

rolling your own server though is honestly the next step I am not sure anyone is expecting someone to start by installing one. :)

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@eylul sure, but another common mistake is the assumption that that's what newbies are assuming 😉

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@eylul

That's part of the fun for me though. I'm on a two person active instance, and there is a joy to finding someone obscure but posting amazing things in their domain. Social networks are adventures again.

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@rewarp
I think it really depends on your use case too. To me being able to see the people who interact with certain hashtags is important so... no regrets but it does add a few steps. :)

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