Considering a Philly-centric Masodon instance called jawns.club. Would be public and moderated (account invite by request) so I don't really wanna run it alone.

Anybody interested? Anybody wanna co-moderate? Must love Philly, have some experience and interest in communities. Actively avoiding an all white dudes membership and mod crew from day 0, so let's play.

My main interest here is having a local-focused place for sharing and organizing local stuff, and even organizing stuff offline.

Early twitter is how I coordinated with so many Philly friends. It allowed for serendipity to happen on a city wide scale. It was magic.

It still happens but less often when your timeline becomes mixed with local and non-local people. Kinda wanna see if we can recreate the magic.

Exciting update: jawns.club is now live!

I'm gonna get my head wrapped around the tools and reach out to volunteer mods before opening invited but this is looking good 🙌

@alexhillman Currently depleted of energy to help out but I support this so much!

@alexhillman Hmm. I was also just contemplating starting an instance. I think instances around geography are quite interesting because of the power of the local timeline.

(I wish there was a more convenient way to link/mirror profiles across instances.)

@krisis lack of mirroring/linking is the one hesitation I have too, but agree. A local instance seems like it can be an amazing tool for getting together in real life.

@alexhillman I 100% feel you on this. 2008/09 era Philly Twitter was pure magic, and the platform (and our idea of using it) was still juvenile at the time.

It's really a shame that instances here don't work more like tagging rather than hosting. Tagging into instance would be perfect.

@alexhillman dude that's awesome!! I'm thinking about setting up a non-philly instance for people who want to support each other’s work via collaboration, professional development, coaching, community, etc.

Would love to hear how your setup goes.

Also, if I wasn't clear, I'd love to help support the Philly one as a mod, but I hear ya and respect the whole "not just white dudes" intention. So, I'm here if there's space for me.

@alexhillman Hi, I’m interested in getting on jeans.club. I’m a Philly-born, South Jersey-raised former academic who’s trying to break into UX. I’ve been active with PhillyCHI and the Philly Content Strategy meetup in the past, though I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from those lately.

@alexhillman I have online community moderating experience, and great Philly love, but also understand not wanting another white dude on mod, so let me know when you get it launched so I can hang.

@alexhillman Didn’t reply on Twitter but I’ll reply on here. Hit me.

@mikeyil sweet! I should have login credentials sometime in the next 24 hrs. Stay tuned.

@alexhillman I'd be interested! Instances by locality seem like such a better idea that "topics". If you needed help with the tech side, I'd be happy to contribute some time

@alexhillman i’m interested in helping, you know my limits on regular time but i’m sure there’s other stuff i can do

@alexhillman I’m rather new here but I love this idea and will support it in whatever way makes sense for me to contribute. Sounds like a good experiment.

@alexhillman I’m interested, if a bit too busy with work and family to be good at moderating.

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