Let me introduce you to Hrmtc I∴O∴
, a new instance of the Mastodon social network in service of Hermetic Library.
(A quick side note about the name. In places where I can use the ∴ symbol, I use the name Hrmtc I∴O∴. In places where I can’t, places where I would have to URL encode it, I say Hrmtc I/O. So you might see that differently in various places. The first, of course, is a goof on the way occult orders abbreviate things. What do you think it stands for? The other is a way to abbreviate Input/Output, and that kinda also fits for a tech-based social thing!)
(Also, as another aside, I’ve goofed on the elephant mascot for Mastodon by having the Hrtmc I∴O∴mascot be the Goetic entity Behemoth, who is presented in the Dictionnaire Infernal as looking like an elephant. The image is directly from that work, and touched up a bit by me for the thing.)
(not to be confused with Mastodon
) is a decentralized, open source equivalent to many other social networks. Depending on the instance you join, it could look and act like Twitter or Instagram (if they use Pixelfed
) or even Medium (if they use WriteFreely
) along with many other things, now and to come.
The way Mastodon appears at Hrmtc I∴O∴ is equivalent to Twitter. I’m using a fork of Mastodon called Hometown
Currently there are 3 accounts on the instance you can check out.
@Librarian — It’s me! John Bell the Librarian of Hermetic Library!
@ReadingRoom — It’s a bot. Follow along for links to all posts to the Reading Room category at the Hermetic Library Blog, including quotes, reviews, and more.
@OmniumGatherum — It’s a raw eclectic feed of notable things the I’ve found beyond the library that you may also be interested in checking out. This is a new bin in which I store some of the links from which I curate Omnium Gatherum posts on the blog.
I’ve got plans within plans for more, but that’s what there is right now.
I’m not currently accepting account registrations on the Hrmtc I∴O∴ instance. I have only the most minimal resources to maintain it for the library accounts. I mean, if there were enough interest, and I ever reach my basic funding goal for the library over on Patreon, I might be able to afford the time and resources necessary.
But, here’s the thing, you don’t nee to have an account directly on the Hrmtc I∴O∴ instance to follow along! Please consider creating an account on any instance of your preference, or start one for yourself, and then follow along from there!
You could start by creating an account by heading to following the instructions on the official Mastodon site
, or pick up one of the mobile apps and create and account on the fly through them. There’s official apps for both Apple
. There’s also lots of unofficial apps available too which you can check out later, if you want.
Then, come back and click on all the “follow” buttons on the library accounts!
At some point, down the road, if there’s enough interest from ongoing Patrons, and if I increase the resources available to the instance and open up the account registration process, at that time, it would also be possible to relatively easily migrate any account you create now on another instance.
So, if having account registrations open on Hrmtc I∴O∴ is something you want to help make happen, become an ongoing Patron
to support all the work, including the future. Keep in mind, that if that ever happens, I would likely start by making accounts available to Mars+ supporters, those with digital perks, first.
I’ve tried a lot of different ways in the past to build a social layer (BuddyPress, Discourse, Discord, and all the socials) for Hermetic Library, and it hasn’t ever worked well. So I’m starting over small, with a tiny instance that serves my needs, without necessarily needing anyone else to participate for it to be the right time to start it.
So, with that, for now, come check out the overall network of Mastodon instances, and Hrmtc I∴O∴ in particular! Let me know what you think!