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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.

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Mastodon

mastodon.at is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.