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Hello!

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 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 , 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
switching.social/ethical-alter

🔥 Bubbling Under - Alternatives that are close to being listed on the main part of the site, and are already very useful
switching.social/bubbling-unde

is a UK-based wholesaler-owned bookshop with home delivery or collection from local indie bookshops (who get a cut of the sale):

hive.co.uk

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) - joinmobilizon.org/en/

is a service that makes Mastodon look like Twitter.

You can use it at one of the instances listed here:

notabug.org/halcyon-suite/halc

You can find the Halcyon source code and install it on your own server here:

notabug.org/halcyon-suite/halc

(You can also install it via @yunohost)

You can follow the developers here:

@halcyon

Opinion | Congress May Have Fallen for Facebook’s Trap, but You Don’t Have To - The New York Times - nytimes.com/2018/12/12/opinion #rr

Reminder: you are welcome to join us on January to discuss about Funkwhale, what we should do, how, etc.

Details are here: socialhub.network/t/funkwhale- :)

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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 socialhub.network/t/funkwhale- :)

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:

gimp.org

You can also follow GIMP on here:

@GIMP

So, I've imported ~25Gb of music from the Free Music Archive on 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:

open.audio/federation/music/li

You can also visit open.audio/library/ directly to listen to all this new content! (you don't need an account ;)

is a free open source alternative to the event planning site MeetUp.com.

You can use the first GetTogether instance here:

gettogether.community

and follow the project here:

@GetTogetherComm

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: itunes.apple.com/us/app/toot/i

is an open source federated music streaming and storage service.

There's a demo instance using Creative Commons tracks here:

demo.funkwhale.audio/library

The official "Join Funkwhale" site is here:

join.funkwhale.audio/

You can follow them at:

@funkwhale

If anyone ever wondered what i'm up to in my spare time when not working on @prismo (i doubt anyone did but still i think this one is pretty neat) - i'm working on a #federated #tumblr clone!

Any ideas for a good name?

#needhelp #federation #activitypub

Hey Mastodonians, #GNUSocial citizens and others! Gear up for tens of millions of Nextcloud users spread over several 100K servers who can now join the #fediverse in just one click!

Join the global social network!
nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-i
#mastodon #selfhosting #federation

Hey, #Plume now has a dedicated website: joinplu.me!

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: github.com/Plume-org/joinplu.m

The documentation has also moved to docs.joinplu.me

And I also adapted @funkwhale's contribution page to Plume to make it easier to contribute for newcomers: contribute.joinplu.me

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:

squeet.me
libranet.de

...and at these sites: the-federation.info/friendica

The latest version has support, so Friendica will federate with an even wider range of services soon.

is a free open source web browser which is widely supported and easy to use:

mozilla.org/firefox

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")

I have modified mastodon.social code so that if there is a referrer header value, i.e. the visitor comes from a link, the frontpage redirects to joinmastodon.org.

Hello new people!

This is the official account for 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

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.

is the name for a group of federated sites that use the technical standard to talk to each other (including , , , , and many others).

means sites that use the Diaspora standard to talk to each other (most notably itself).

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.

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Mastodon

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.