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(also known as ) is when, instead of one big site, you have lots of smaller independent sites that talk to each other.

Here's a short article about why federated services are a good idea, and how all of us use them all the time (even if we don't realise it):

switching.social/federated-sit

The idea of federated social media like Mastodon, Diaspora, PeerTube etc is to give users more control over their social network and personal data.

@switching.social Federation and decentralisation (as well as distributed) are not the same. ;)
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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.