Mobilizon, the upcoming open federated alternative to Facebook Events, has reached its first crowdfunding goal of €20k:

This covers development of the events software itself.

The next goal, €35k, adds federation through ActivityPub, which will let people on the Fediverse share and join events. This could be crucial to helping many more people leave Facebook 👍

You can donate at the link above, and follow them on here at:


@switchingsocial @mobilizon Hmmm maybe I completely misunderstand but… isn't there an event feature in most calendar apps? (google calendar, iCal, Exchange, Outlook, etc). As far as I know, you can invite anyone by email even if they use a different service, no?

@narF @mobilizon

Facebook Events combines social networking with calendar functions. It's more like a way for people to meet others than just a pure calendar.

The idea of Mobilizon is to bring this social calendar function to the Fediverse.

@narF @mobilizon

A lot of people use Facebook for the Events feature, so if we're asking people to switch to the Fediverse it would be brilliant if there's an equivalent service on here.

@switchingsocial @mobilizon Very true. I've quit using Facebook but I still can't delete my account because of events and some other tiny things.

@switchingsocial @mobilizon Does Friendica (or one of the other alternate social network?) already have events?

@narF @mobilizon

It does, but AFAIK it doesn't federate with the rest of the Fediverse?

@switchingsocial @mobilizon Then why not just fix it so that it does instead of making yet another service? (I'm assuming Friendica is open source?)

I don't understand why open source projects always try to start their own separate thing instead of working together. It's particularly problematic for social tools because critical mass adoption is so important.

Sadly project governance and technical debt often get in the way.
@switchingsocial @mobilizon

@rigelk @switchingsocial @mobilizon sounds like it's pushing the technical debt to the user in terms of bad user experience because they need to use 5 different services instead of one well integrated one (aka Facebook)

That's why Facebook is winning. Because of good UX. :(

@narF that definitely plays a huge role, but we can't win on that one.

Instead, having specialized services that each have a good UX in their own area, and can interact with each other via ActivityPub, makes for a viable alternative. It's not as easy as having one account like on facebook, but that's currently the best we can do.
@switchingsocial @mobilizon

@narF @rigelk @mobilizon

ActivityPub federation means services *are* integrated even if they're independent. You don't need to have a walled garden for this to work.

For example you can follow and comment on PeerTube from Mastodon, and the same goes for PixelFed, Pleroma, Write Freely etc:

If I've understood correctly, Mobilizon will try to follow this example, so e.g. people on Mastodon will be able to say they're coming to an event on Mobilizon.

@Wewereseeds @switchingsocial niiiiiice. I like it. Fuck fb; we need a proper event system

@switchingsocial @mobilizon I'm confused. Friendica federates and already has event support. Why create another alternative?

@dgoldsmith @mobilizon

Friendica is mostly part of the Fediverse but as far as I know its events aren't?

Also, I get the impression Mobilizon will have much more advanced, easier-to-use features.

@switchingsocial @dgoldsmith @mobilizon it can have really advanced features but they won't work in a federated way unless they are implemented on other software. Then the question is why not just add it to existing software?

@switchingsocial @mobilizon Okay I did 2 minutes of research and it is indeed. Free software 💪

@ninmi @switchingsocial To be specific, it's not a fork of Pleroma, it just conveniently borrows a few modules for federation.
Pleroma plans to modularize such things for other apps to use. 🙂

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