A number of people have asked me if I think that governments should run Mastodon instances for citizens. There may be exceptions, but I don't think governments should be in this business, for a variety of reasons.

However, I do think that *Libraries* would be *amazing* hosts for public federated social media communities. Just sayin'.

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@blaine Hi. Librarian and library educator here.

WITH WHAT MONEY. AND WHAT INFRASTRUCTURE. AND WHAT STAFF, PLEASE.

US public libraries are trying to stay alive under an onslaught of censorship and hate from the right wing. Academic libraries are still seeing hiring freezes and Great Resignation effects.

Fix the resource and self-defense problems libraries have. Then we can talk.

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