Friendica has just been updated to version 2019.03

If you haven't tried Friendica lately, this might be a good time to take a look.

Some places to sign up:

It's the Fediverse's Facebook alternative, with a similar interface and features (photo galleries, events, groups etc).

You can follow people on ActivityPub (Mastodon etc.) and RSS feeds too.

You can also use it through the the Fedilab app (

@switchingsocial Just in passing, I love your alternative texts. “Photo of a happy dog”, hehe.


Heh, didn't realize Fedilab supports this. I've been using the mobile web view!


Yeah, it's cool :) Fedilab supports lots of Fediverse stuff now (Mastodon, Friendica, Pleroma, PeerTube, GNU Social) and they're adding other ActivityPub platforms as their APIs become available.

@switchingsocial @tom79 Android experience is top notch thanks to Fedilab. I’m dying for an iOS version. Which is the only thing preventing the rest of the family from ditching the evil empire. tom79 you are our only hope. ✌️

@switchingsocial @tom79

I'd love if people who use(d) them could compare Friendica to Diaspora, from a user perspective.


Diaspora has fewer features but is simpler and faster. You can't follow activitypub users (and the Diaspora developers seem to be saying this will never happen :( ).

Friendica is more feature packed but that also means it's slightly more complicated to navigate. You can follow anyone on the ActivityPub Fediverse, Diaspora and RSS.

Diaspora development seems to be frozen, whereas Friendica development is very active with several new releases a year.


Thank you for the answer! I was expecting you to say Diaspora was actually the most complicated of both, I thought Friendica was simpler really. Also very interesting to know Friendica has an active development, it was also a worry. @tom79

@switchingsocial @tom79 @vanecx I can echo that Diaspora is simpler. It took me a bit to get comfortable with Friendica and the extra bells and whistles and the actual mechanics of administering photo albums and display style etc. but I am liking it and it is actually user friendly for me now. I was new to the social media scene so I had to learn from scratch.

@bob @vanecx

Just to add to that chart, Pixelfed does now support Activitypub.

@switchingsocial @vanecx @tom79 I confirm for #pixelfed (tested from several Fediverse software). @switchingsocial, you can ping @hoergen who maintains that chart.

@switchingsocial @tom79 wow it looks better than ever. I might be tempted to get some family on this platform 🤔😊

@switchingsocial I tried creating an account at but it fails at updating my password, who should I contact?

@switchingsocial I'm currently thinking about how to get my family involved into this. I think what would help a bunch are easy-to-use bridges for Facebook and Instagram.

Do you know bridges that work with Facebook <-> Friendica, Instagram <-> Friendica and maybe even Instagram <-> Pixelfed? :)

@esureL @switchingsocial Facebook locked their API. There is no service anymore that posts content to Facebook profiles or that imports the Facebook timeline into another service.

@heluecht @switchingsocial I guess that makes sense for them ... It's still sad, though.

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