I'm considering starting a FOSS social instance for a niche interest. Right now I think Mastodon might be the best fit as it fulfils a role that another proprietary company covers in a fairly straightforward manner and would have a gentle learning curve for new users. If everything were to work out ideally, such a social ecosystem could grow to include Hubzilla as an extension building upon simple profiles and statuses.
This got me thinking and wondering if FOSS platforms like #Hubzilla
have greater potential serving niche or special interests instead of the public at large? I think it certainly could more easily gain traction in such instances which is why I'm considering undertaking the effort.
PS. The fact that one person can get multiple(!) social networks up and running on their own is one the truly amazing things that the future we live in is providing.