With #Friendica and #StatusNet as these two are today, I really want to have my own solo-instance already. The only thing that’s keeping me from doing so are:  too lonely, I hope there’s a "Community" linked-up feature; and  lack of budget :p
Although I used to use the free status.net hosting before so I’m used to not seeing public updates, but still, to find interesting posts, news, and people, public posts are important. Or in Friendica’s case "Community".
One day, I’m sure, we’ll have that in F, but in SN I’m not sure.