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If you want to use the Fediverse through a Facebook-style interface, you may want to try Friendica.

Some good instances to sign up at:

social.isurf.ca/
nerdica.net/
libranet.de/

You can use Friendica through the @fedilab app.

It federates through ActivityPub with Mastodon etc and it also lets you follow RSS feeds as if they were users.

The developers are very active with regular new releases.

@daniel01 @fedilab

Hey, not everyone wants a Facebook interface :)

One of the nice things about the Fediverse is letting people on different interfaces talk to each other on a single network.

Also, Friendica might be useful if you know someone who wants to leave Facebook. The jump from FB to Friendica is much smaller than from FB to Mastodon etc.

@switchingsocial @fedilab I'm admin of the Friendica instance at rpgtable.top if you're looking for a #ttrpg focused instance.

@switchingsocial @fedilab Friendica is pretty cool but to slooow, with the limited forces that federation can put on the field I prefer the Diaspora approach.

@daniel01 @fedilab

Diaspora is faster but it doesn't do as much, it doesn't link to the Fediverse and it doesn't seem to be in development any more :(

There's occasional bugfixes, but not much more.

@switchingsocial @daniel01 @fedilab I met Diaspora developers at FOSDEM, so "not [ . . . ] in development" seems a rash statement.

@clacke @daniel01 @fedilab

I'd love to be wrong about this because it's important to have diversity in alternatives.

But I'm not sure what they've done in the past year except bug fixes and minor tweaks?

@switchingsocial actually I think dica is a better choice then fedilab. Though I mostly use mobile browser to browse friendica :0130:

@switchingsocial Didn't know Fedilab supported Friendica. Time to try it out!

So it supports both the Mastodon API and the extended Twitter API? Or has Friendica implemented the Mastodon API now?
@asherpen @switchingsocial Yes, but that's server-to-server. There is no implementation yet of AP C2S, as far as I'm aware.

Pre-Mastodon implementations generally offer the Twitter/laconi.ca/GNU_Social API and post-Mastodons generally the Mastodon API.

Pleroma offers both, and may also be the first to offer the ActivityPub client-to-server protocol/API.

@switchingsocial @fedilab "and it also lets you follow RSS feeds as if they were users"

I need this feature on Mastodon immediately

@socalledunitedstates @fedilab

It works really nicely, the RSS stories just appear in your feed as if they were official accounts posting. You can even share them with other users.

@switchingsocial @fedilab would you recommend running your own friendica server or does that make it much harder to federate?

@acdw @fedilab

As far as I know, individual servers federate just fine. I follow some users on here who run their own Friendica instance.

@switchingsocial @fedilab cool beans. I'll have to look into that for friends and family

@acdw @fedilab

One thing with federating if you're doing a family server, it may be better not to use relay servers. There can be quite offensive material on the relays, especially from Diaspora.

(Relays send your server posts from instances you don't follow.)

@switchingsocial @fedilab

> It federates through ActivityPub with Mastodon

Careful with this. I submitted a bug report on this not long ago, I'm not sure if it's fixed yet. Short story is: if you delete someone you follow via ActivityPub, Friendica may/will delete any of your own posts that were shared with that contact (even public posts).

Before setting up a Mastodon instance I had a Friendica instance, and ran into this problem following Mastodon users.

Otherwise Friendica is great.

Even though, many of us aware of Friendica, information like this are handy:

* suggesting a few instances to sign up

* hinting developers are very active to show the continuity progress

* most chilling detail, #Fedilab, a native Android client that support #Friendica

* following #Atom/RSS feed as user

@switchingsocial @fedilab
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