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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!

The noted English diarist Samuel Pepys is now live-tooting in real time from 1665:


(Courtesy of timetraveller @philgyford )

p.s. Yes, I know this isn't a privacy-friendly alternative to anything, but it just seems so cool :blobsunglasses:

New section on switching.social, for blogging alternatives. First entry is @write_as :


It would be nice to have a wider range of blogging alternatives too, perhaps alternatives to Tumblr, Blogger and Livejournal?

If you have any suggestions, let me know.

( is still in alpha testing)

#ActivityPub support is now available to everyone! ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽŠ :fediverse:

Write.as blogs don't federate by default, so to enable it you can either sign up with our new page: write.as/new/blog/federated, or if you're already on Write.as, go to your blog's Customize page and click "Enable federation"

Note this also includes support for custom domains. So if your domain is hosted with us, you can now choose your handle when you enable federation and your blog will be accessible in the fediverse!


You can now mention pixelfed users, will be releasing more AP support this week!


I will be back in dev soon for #mastalab. Please, let me know what features are a top priority for you. I will use this thread for dev. Thanks for your suggestions.
Bug fixes are also welcome :)

Hello desktop users!

Can you recommend desktop Mastodon clients/apps for Windows, Linux and Mac?

(Preferably ones that are easy to install and use.)

@Stoori @gargron @switchingsocial

If the goal is to make it easy for non-technical people who are already hesitant to get into Mastodon, I think the default UI of Mastodon itself should be easy for first-timers.

If you have to tell people to log in to yet another instance for things to be "easy" you've already lost.

Federated social networks are confusing enough as it is.

@switchingsocial @gargron I agree on the interface. It's really awkward IMO. I found a couple of discussions on GH:



Given that these date back to 2017, I'm not hopeful for a quick fix. note the comments in the first issue: it's a blocker to adoption for some people and their friends / family. ๐Ÿ™

Let your thoughts be known in the issues!

Great to see so many new people trying :blobcheer:

Most common barrier for them seems to be the interface, but this could perhaps be made much easer with a single tweak of the Mastodon UI: allow a double-width home column, either optionally or as default.

Twitter has several columns like Mastodon, but the main feed is wider so it's always clear which column is which. There's a sense of focus that Masto lacks.

Has this been proposed? If not, can someone propose it?


I've also done a thread listing these and more resources on Twitter.

If you're on , please retweet this to help spread the word:


Looks like a lot of people want to and try out ! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐ŸŽ‰

If you know someone who wants to make the switch, here are some resources to help them:

Official Site

How does Mastodon work?

Mastodon info incl. mobile apps

Twitter-style interface for Mastodon

Mastodon Crossposting service
(M -> T currently blocked by Twitter, but T -> M works)

Do you want to use Mastodon with a Twitter interface?

You could try @halcyon , a service that lets you use any Mastodon account with a Twitter-style interface.

All you have to do is log in with your existing Mastodon account at any Halcyon instance, for example this one:


(More Halcyon instances and technical details here: notabug.org/halcyon-suite/halc )

๐ŸŽถ "It's , I'm in love..."๐ŸŽต ๐Ÿ“ป

@yunohost Y U NO HOST: Project that tries to make and as easy as possible ๐Ÿ‘

@nextcloud NextCloud: Alternative to DropBox and Google Drive, gives you more privacy and control โ˜๏ธ

@TV5Monde TV5 Monde: Official account of the world's largest French-speaking TV network ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

@cats CATS: Cats, cats, cats, cats and more cats ๐Ÿฑ

@warandpeas War and Peas: Webcomic

Previous posts:

Hi Art Friends! I'm Lucy, I make comics about real-life adventures and feelings. I'm a tall ship sailor, a cartoonist, a teacher, and a traveler. I'm currently on a huge national tour with my new book, 100 Demon Dialogues! Say hi!

I'm thinking about building an #ActivityPub plugin for #Wordpress. Does anyone know if something like that already exists? Is anyone else interested in that?

RT @TimHarford@twitter.com: "Zuckerberg -- who says privacy isn't a value that's important to most people any more -- owns the four houses on either side of his Silicon Valley house so that no one can use them as a perch to spy on him..." @doctorow@twitter.com

๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”—: twitter.com/TimHarford/status/


If you feel you are being watched, you change your behavior.
Big Data is supercharging this effect.


#ActivityPub support is live! You can now follow *Public* Write.as blogs from Mastodon, such as our @blog

It's limited to Public blogs right now (a paid feature) so we can slowly roll this out and plug holes as needed -- once I'm confident things are stable in the next few days, it'll be available to everyone for free.

You can read a bit more about the update, and I'd love to hear any feedback / ideas / bugs here! discuss.write.as/t/activitypub