The multi-tenant web is the Big Tech web is the surveillance capitalism web. You’re not going to win at their game.

The single tenant web is the Small Web. Want to help reshape the topology of communication (and thus politics) in the 21st century? Look there.

Site.js is a tool for developers to build the small web.

Here’s a sneak peek at the next version of the Site.js web site. It’s running with Site.js on my laptop and exposed via ngrok so might not be up for long:

@aral can we have one layer of abstraction here, please? I think "one family" or "one small organisation" (think German Verein) is in order in my opinion.

@claudius One family = X individuals. One small organisation = Y individuals.

Once support for the individual is there, it can be aggregated to model more complex entities. (A family is the relationships between individuals as is a small organisation.)

@aral I'm fully aware. I just don't want my child to host stuff at the age of six years old. I also don't want to run my own mailserver. If it's single-tenant, at best something like mastohost will emerge, where it's one entity again, but masked. At worst, only a few geeks will use it.

@claudius Clearly, I don’t agree or I wouldn’t be spending all this time and energy on it :)

Mastohost is necessary because I’ve had a professional developer give up after spending a whole afternoon trying to install it once. Mastodon is multi-tenant. The goal for what I’m building is that you will be able to set it up by visiting a web page, choosing a name, and entering your credit card details (so your child is safe for now) :)


@claudius Eventually, if it proves to be useful, perhaps we can start funding it from the commons.

(We’re not there yet. What I have right now is useful for developers. It’s the first step; the infrastructure. The rest will be built on it and with it.)

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