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There's an amazing number of now available or under development:

Twitter -> @Mastodon and

Instagram -> @pixelfed and @anfora

YouTube -> ( @Chocobozzz )

Soundcloud -> @funkwhale

MeetUp -> @GetTogetherComm

Medium -> ( @BaptisteGelez )

Reddit -> @prismo and Anancus ( @tuxether )

LinkedIn -> @cloutstream

Google Calendar -> @calendar_social

Anything missing from the list? What else is needed?

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@phoe @switchingsocial there's no mention of Activitypub nor federation in its documentation or code.

@mariusor @switchingsocial Oh right - it's a completely peer-to-peer alternative that runs in the browser. It doesn't federate in the ActivityPub meaninng of the word.

@jaaanbl @switchingsocial not that I know of but there are some device members around the fediverse using the #resonate tag.

@switchingsocial #Facebook is missing, of course. 🇬🇧 / Oczywiście brakuje #Facebook.a 🇵🇱

@switchingsocial All that is missing is that all of these platforms pass the test of time. Some of them haven't passed the stage of proof of concept if even that.

@switchingsocial Office-like documents, like etherpad but for more complex things.

@switchingsocial Office-like documents. Like Etherpad and Ethercalc but somehow enabling collaborative work.

@h @switchingsocial nextcloud mentioned something similar to G&$% docs available in their app store.

@markus @h

Yes, think Nextcloud have a Google Docs style collaborative document editor?

@switchingsocial @markus @h

Yes, they do. You have to also install another project - Colabora online, which isn't easy unless you also install docker, however it's pretty robust and decently featureful.

@Blort @switchingsocial @markus @h I have been mildly interested to try LibreOffice online aka collaboraoffice.com/collabora- but I havn't cared enough to attempt to install it (stand-alone or with a *cloud framework).

@switchingsocial A question and answers alternative like StackOverflow/StackExchange/Quora is needed. I was planning to do that later, potentially sharing the backend code between Anancus and the new Q&A platform.

@switchingsocial @Mastodon @pixelfed @anfora @Chocobozzz @funkwhale @GetTogetherComm @BaptisteGelez @prismo @tuxether @cloutstream @calendar_social I've been idly considering a federated forum, like the old phpbbs where I misspent my youth. The local timeline would be threaded, and allow longer posts with Markdown formatting, though they'd federate in a conventional way with Masto and so on.

@switchingsocial @Mastodon @pixelfed @anfora @Chocobozzz @funkwhale @GetTogetherComm @BaptisteGelez @prismo @tuxether @cloutstream @calendar_social Another thing is Disqus - it's used for blog comments everywhere, but it's full of user tracking crap. It would be great to have an alternative where you could use an existing Fediverse account to comment. Not sure how that would wire up with AP. Plume will do this, of course, but what about a plugin for non-federated blogs?

@switchingsocial I think many people are still looking for an OkCupid alternative.

@switchingsocial @Mastodon @pixelfed @anfora @Chocobozzz @funkwhale @GetTogetherComm @BaptisteGelez @prismo @tuxether @cloutstream @calendar_social

To be fair most of those have absolutely no ActivityPub support, only talking about the desire to support it at some point in the future. Others are early alpha and cant really be run reliably.

Pixelfed, has no activitypub features

anfora has no userinterface of anykind and is unusuable and not even alpha yet.

Plume is early beta and so buggy it is barely usable.

Prismo has no activitypub features

etc. etc.

While i agree there is a lot of hope for the future and many of these projects are on the horizon and i look forward to them the truth is there really isnt much available
right now in any useful form. But it is clear we are getting there.

@freemo @mastodon @anfora @calendarsocial @cloutstream @tuxether @prismo @pixelfed @switchingsocial @funkwhale @chocobozzz @gettogethercomm

Today the future is #Hubzilla #Friendica #Mastodon #gnusocial  #Diaspora and maybe #pleroma 

5 Big projects :

I tester Pleroma yesterday and I am disappointed. Not really ready yet !!!

Instead of multiplying projects of dream, We must make big project better and more usable.

The beauty of Open Source is in its diversity. I think all these services have their place in the Fediverse, regardless whether they stay or not. The key here is interoperability; if they can share data with each other, a bunch of small services can easily outperform and outsmart silos.

@Mastodon @anfora @calendar_social @freemo @cloutstream @tuxether @prismo @pixelfed @switchingsocial @funkwhale @Chocobozzz @GetTogetherComm


We can get there more quickly if we help these projects.

Many of them are in testing and looking for feedback/help, and many are ready to be used in some form or other.

PixelFed is very close to having working AP federation, and I'm sure they'll appreciate feedback on that when it launches.

Even just following the developer's account lets them know that people are interested in what they are doing, which helps keep them going.

@switchingsocial Sure, all valid. I am just saying we have to be honest about just how many projects are usable and have ActivityPub support. The answer to that is very very few.


Yeah, you're right, I definitely wouldn't be recommending most of these to a non-technical audience yet.

The aim of the original post is just to let people know these are on the way, and to encourage people to get involved.

To be fair though, the W3C recommendation for the AP standard was only published six months ago. Having this many projects already in the pipeline within half a year is pretty good progress?

@switchingsocial Needed: Github alternative. I've got a gitea server, and nobody can fork or create issues against my projects there.

@switchingsocial @Mastodon @pixelfed @anfora @Chocobozzz @funkwhale @GetTogetherComm @BaptisteGelez @prismo @tuxether @cloutstream Pretty much all these services are for sharing info publicly. I am really looking forward to something where I can post privately, for family and friends. You know, Facebook.

@teleclimber @switchingsocial @Mastodon @pixelfed @anfora @Chocobozzz @funkwhale @GetTogetherComm @BaptisteGelez @prismo @tuxether @cloutstream

Diaspora is much more like that, however their road towards activitypub support looks like it's going to be long and slow.

@Blort @teleclimber

Friendica ( @news ) is maybe a better bet, it is a Facebook-style social network due to get ActivityPub at some point in the future (though at the moment they're focusing on a big database update). Also, Friendica is already compatible with Mastodon through another protocol.

Diaspora sound like they don't want to use AP at all?

@switchingsocial @teleclimber @news

From what I heard, apparently they're considering it, but that there were some pretty major hurdles and the discussion around it is going slowly. That's just what I heard though. I haven't actually been actively following the discussions myself.