This I’m recommending:

And all three for their kindness and thoughtfulness in technology spaces.

Perhaps hidden/unknown to many, but and other instances running the Hometown version of Mastodon, have the ability to post only to their local community and specifically not federate their content to the broader Fediverse. In the posting interface, click on the link icon and choose whether you want to allow your post greater reach or stay only within your community. This can be a helpful affordance for having smaller/restricted conversations.

User interface from highlighting the fifth icon, a link, with a drop down menu to choose either federating one's post or making it local only. I’ve not seen the admin UI, but is there a toggle for what appears on the /explore page of an instance? I notice that some smaller instances have pages of people to check out (opted in by each user in the settings), eg: Did specifically opt out of this for its instance?
#FeedReaderFriday Wonder what I’m reading? Here’s my own following list:

A central list I control with associated RSS feeds & OPML files makes it portable for use in various kinds of feed/social readers.

#FeedReaderFriday People I love following and learning from on the web:

Kimberly Hirsh a fascinating reader, writer, educator, and fandom expert

Tom Critchlow – consultant, digital experimenter and bricoleur, networked writing and education

Aaron Davis – educator, edtech innovation and implementation