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  1. Get someone to set up a Teamtalk server for you on a VPS. Barring that, if you really must broadcast on platforms you don’t own, make sure you backfeed that to your own website, so you have a copy in case the platform shuts down or kills the content. Also, odds are you have a Homebrew Website Club in your area, and if not, there are several virtual ones. People there will be glad to help you get set up, for free.

  2. TeamTalk? You don’t own that either, and your license to use the software is quite restrictive. In order to keep your data yours under your own terms, it’s better to set up something that uses a free open source license if at all possible. Put your stuff on WordPress, Diaspora*, GNU Social etc. Most of these are easier to install on a server than you think.

  3. These are all good choices. If we’re sticking with FLOSS, you can also use Icecast on your own server. Something like Teamtalk would be a less-optimal choice if we’re considering software licenses, but as long as it’s installed on your own server, you own the created content.

  4. This is a good point. I must admit that’s why I’m on here, because it’s far easier to connect with people, including friends and family that I can’t necessarily just visit whenever I like. I do have a GNU Social site, but I still need to finish setting it up. The good news is that GNU Social looks just a little like Twitter, and last I knew, it could actually still connect with Twitter and possibly even Facebook as well for those people who don’t want to or don’t technically know how to make the switch, and don’t necessarily want to register accounts on my site for whatever reason, especially since my site will publically state what is already known of social media. No one will OWN any post, as it all goes into the public domain just as much as anything you say loudly in a bar, on a bus, on the street, whatever.

  5. You have to spend time building an audience, but not necessarily money. And you still have to spend that same time building an audience on closed platforms as well. Either way, you have to be willing to put in some work. The people who have millions of visitors/listeners/viewers are people who have been posting consistently for a long time. Success isn’t instant, and a closed platform doesn’t give you any more advantage in that regard. Couple that with the inherent disadvantages of closed platforms, and participating in the open web is clearly the better choice.

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