This is the official Mastodon account for the site switching.social.
It's a guide for non-technical people who are concerned about protecting their privacy online. It only lists easy-to-use sites and apps that are ethical and privacy-friendly.
You can find out more at https://switching.social
If you know someone who might benefit from this guide, please share the link with them!
If you're an advanced user looking for #Alternatives, you might like to check out switching.social's most overlooked sections:
👩💻 👨💻 Alternatives For Advanced Users - sites like switching.social but aimed at technically-aware people
🔥 Bubbling Under - Alternatives that are close to being listed on the main part of the site, and are already very useful
#Hive is a UK-based wholesaler-owned bookshop with home delivery or collection from local indie bookshops (who get a cut of the sale):
You can also adopt a local bookshop, who get a cut of your orders regardless of delivery method.
Pro Tip: If you want to be *really* supportive of your local bookshop, phone/email them to order through them directly. Price and delivery time is the same, but they get a bigger share of the price.
MobiliZon: the new Framasoft project designed to create platforms for managing communities and events (libre alternative to Meetups and Facebook groups) - https://joinmobilizon.org/en/
#Halcyon is a service that makes Mastodon look like Twitter.
You can use it at one of the instances listed here:
You can find the Halcyon source code and install it on your own server here:
(You can also install it via @yunohost)
You can follow the developers here:
Opinion | Congress May Have Fallen for Facebook’s Trap, but You Don’t Have To - The New York Times - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/12/opinion/facebook-data-privacy-advertising.html #rr
Reminder: you are welcome to join us on January to discuss about Funkwhale, what we should do, how, etc.
Details are here: https://socialhub.network/t/funkwhale-sync-2/143 :)
Rappel : vous êtes les bienvenu·es pour vous joindre à nous début janvier pour discuter de Funkwhale et de son avenir.
Tout les détails sont sur https://socialhub.network/t/funkwhale-sync-2/143 :)
#GIMP is a free open source alternative to Photoshop. It's probably the leading free graphics software, with new releases for over 22 years so far 👍
It's intended for photographers, illustrators, designers etc and lets you manipulate photos and create graphics.
It's available for Windows, Mac and Linux from the official site:
You can also follow GIMP on here:
So, I've imported ~25Gb of music from the Free Music Archive on https://open.audio using this method.
It worked beautifully, and it's now available for the whole #Funkwhale federation. Follow this library from your Funkwhale instance and you'll have access to it:
You can also visit https://open.audio/library/ directly to listen to all this new content! (you don't need an account ;)
#GetTogether is a free open source alternative to the event planning site MeetUp.com.
You can use the first GetTogether instance here:
and follow the project here:
The project is also working on federating instances together using the ActivityPub standard (which Mastodon, Pleroma, PeerTube etc also use).
Toot! v1.2 is finally out! This took far longer than I had planned, but it is out!
You can get it here if you do not already have it: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toot/id1229021451?ls=1&mt=8
#FunkWhale is an open source federated music streaming and storage service.
There's a demo instance using Creative Commons tracks here:
The official "Join Funkwhale" site is here:
You can follow them at:
Join the global social network!
#mastodon #selfhosting #federation
It is far from perfect, but at least it exists, and can help people discovering the project. If you have any idea to improve it, feel free to tell me, or to report it on Github: https://github.com/Plume-org/joinplu.me
The documentation has also moved to https://docs.joinplu.me
#Friendica is an open source federated social network with a Facebook-style interface, including photo galleries, events and more.
It federates with Mastodon and Diaspora, so you can connect with people on both services.
You can try it out here:
...and at these sites: https://the-federation.info/friendica
The latest version has #ActivityPub support, so Friendica will federate with an even wider range of services soon.
#Firefox is a free open source web browser which is widely supported and easy to use:
Once you've installed Firefox, we recommend going to FF's "Settings" and switching off all the error reporting.
You should then install the Privacy Badger and uBlock Origin add-ons from the Firefox add-ons section.
(Also, if you're comfortable with it, it's a good idea to go to about:config and delete the URLs labelled "telemetry")
Hello new people!
This is the official account for https://switching.social , a non-technical guide to privacy-friendly sites, services and apps.
You can see regular posts about alternatives by following this account, and there's a beginner's guide to alternatives at the hashtag #AlternativesAtoZ
Please feel free to message me if you have any questions, comments or requests. (The website also has contact details in the "About This Site" section.)
honestly though, mastodon instances are run and moderated by real people who care about the network, to the point of often paying their own money out-of-pocket to run their instances.
the *one* time i've had to report a post, my instance admin messaged me directly to let me know the action taken about it.
don't be shy to report. it works here. the rules aren't there just to keep things advertiser-friendly.
welcome to mastodon. don't be a dick. hug your local mods/admins.
#TheFediverse is the name for a group of federated sites that use the #ActivityPub technical standard to talk to each other (including #Mastodon, #Pleroma, #PeerTube, #FunkWhale, #WriteFreely and many others).
Some sites belong to both, and the definitions have shifted over time as new standards have been adopted. As the phrase goes, your mileage may vary.
A guide to ethical privacy-conscious apps and sites. It's aimed at non-technical people who want easy-to-use alternatives:
mastodon.at is open to all users and federates with most instances.
🇩🇪 🇦🇹 🇨🇭 mastodon.at ist offen für alle User und ist mit vielen anderen Instanzen verbunden.