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Why We Are Here => Web Development => Topic started by: Brad on September 16, 2018, 12:19:51 PM

Title: Fully Managed Mastodon Hosting is now ridiculously cheap
Post by: Brad on September 16, 2018, 12:19:51 PM
You can now get fully managed Mastodon hosting starting at 5 Euros per month.
https://masto.host/pricing/

Over the long run this is bad news especially for Twitter.  This is turnkey hosting, all you have to do is work the admin panel.  I  think we a crossing a threshold here in social networks and breaking silos.

The problem with Mastodon are that the weaknesses of Twitter remain, it is too easy to have pile-ons, mobs etc.  And so much depends on how well the Admins of each instance manage these things.  Plus there will be a lot of churn.

But with all that said a lot of small groups (including fringe groups) can have their own social network and it's affordable.
Title: Re: Fully Managed Mastodon Hosting is now ridiculously cheap
Post by: aaron on September 16, 2018, 02:03:06 PM
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so much depends on how well the Admins of each instance manage these things.  Plus there will be a lot of churn
Outside of journalists & financial traders (along with *really* fringe political movements) there may not be a huge market for up-to-the-minute microblogging.

And arguably the single best filter for many forms of niche community websites is requiring payment for access. Require a recurring payment to participate and most forms of trolling & other disruptive behaviors disappear. Charging for access aligns incentives & acknowledges the cost of running the site, the moderation, dealing with churn, etc.

I don't think the problem is technical barrier to entry, but largely one of incentive structures.

There still are tons of forums & niche blogs on the web, but over time they tend to keep losing out to the likes of Facebook & Twitter. Many communities with staying power are ultimately more about depth of discussion rather than speed of analysis.

And sometimes charging for something makes people value it more. Which could make a once a week or once a month community site that is freely accessible become part of a daily routine if the owner charged for access.