Last week, @staltz published an article looking at the funding of open source projects.
It's a long-form article full of nuance:
Tl/dr: More needs to be done to fund open development, including more pressure on companies to donate to projects they benefit from, unionising, alternative licences and more donations in general.
This made me wonder, should there be a day on the Fediverse where we promote donations to a particular project? For example a #SupportSunday?
Mastodon has a dark theme by default, but have you tried the light theme?
It's especially good on the latest update (version 2.9 and above).
1. Click on Preferences
2. Click on Appearance (if necessary, not always needed)
3. Set "Site Theme" to "Mastodon Light"
4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click "Save changes"
5. Click "Back to Mastodon"
And that's it 👍
Last week, Mastodon adopted a beginner-friendly default interface 👍
So, maybe this would be a good time to spread the word about Mastodon to a wider audience?
If you're on Facebook/Twitter, you could do a little post about Masto with a link to https://joinmastodon.org ? And a link to a good instance running 2.9 or above?
(Also, I think some people were doing Mastodon posters?)
If people hear about Mastodon from many different sources, they are more likely to try it.
This is great for normalising the concept of decentralised social media 👍
If you have a Fediverse account, please do mention it on your website! The more people see these icons, the more comfortable they will be finding out more.
Woo! As you may have seen from that previous boost, Mastodon 2.9 is now out, featuring a new single column interface:
This is, IMHO, a huge step forward for getting non-technical people onto Mastodon 👍
Instead of the Tweetdeck-style interface, there's now a default single-column timeline which is much less scary.
(The multicolumn original is still an option in Settings, and those who currently use multicolumn will continue to see it by default.)
In case you missed it, there's a free open Fediverse alternative to Reddit under construction called Prismo:
You can try the first instance at:
The idea is that each instance is the equivalent of a subreddit, dedicated to a particular topic.
Prismo federates with ActivityPub so you can follow Prismo accounts from Mastodon etc. (The federation isn't completed yet though, so some features are missing.)
Manyverse is an Android app for the Scuttlebutt social network.
Scuttlebutt is very unusual: it has no servers. All the data people share is stored on their own devices, and on the devices of people they share it with.
It's also unusual because it can work off-the-grid, via bluetooth or local wifi.
Manyverse is available from @fdroidorg and Google Play, and there's an iOS version on the way:
You can follow Manyverse at:
...and it's gone!
(Note: It may still be visible while Kobo processes the delisting.)
Thank you to everyone who bought the Switching Social Handbook 👍 🎉
If you want to support https://switching.social, the best thing you can do is tell people about the site: share the link, mention the alternatives listed, spread the word.
Reminder: I'm delisting the Switching Social Handbook this Sunday night.
If you want to buy a copy, this is your last chance:
The book is a companion to the site, looking at online privacy in a bit more detail while still aimed at a non-technical audience.
It's a DRM-free ePub file, so you can use it on your favourite compatible app or device, as well as make unlimited backups etc.
If you have any questions, comments or problems, let me know and I will try to help.
When you're reading a thread full of content warnings in Mastodon, do you get annoyed at having to open each warning one by one?
There's a really easy way to open all the warnings in a thread at once:
1. Go to the thread
2. Click on the eye-shaped icon in the top right corner to toggle all warnings open or closed
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:
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.
The free open events tool #Mobilizon has just passed the second goal in its crowdfunding of €35k.
This means it will be federated through ActivityPub, and give the Fediverse a good easy-to-use alternative to Facebook Events.
If it reaches the next goal, €50k, it will add many extra features including groups, which would be great 👍
You can donate at:
You can follow them on here at:
The project leader is @Framasoft
I'm delisting the switching.social handbook at the end of next week (Sunday 9th June), so if you want to buy a copy now is your final chance:
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Subtooting this, it shows exactly what we are up against.
The danger is real.
In case you missed it, #Carnet is a free open alternative to Google Keep. It lets you write and sync notes (including rich text, audio and images) on your phone and computer:
You can follow Carnet here:
The app is available on Google Play and @fdroidorg
The Android app #Fedilab allows multiple accounts on multiple Fediverse services (incl. Mastodon, Friendica, PeerTube, Pleroma and GNU Social).
It's now charging for its Google Play version while keeping the F-Droid version free of charge, to encourage people off Google Play.
The Play version has a new address:
The F-Droid version remains at its current address:
You can follow Fedilab at:
In case you missed it, there's a privacy-friendly alternative to Google Play.
It's called F-Droid and only includes free open apps that don't track you:
The installation process is slightly complicated, but once it's been installed it's extremely easy to use.
You can also follow F-Droid on here at:
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:
Wow. On the one hand it seems like just yesterday, but on the other it feels like a *lot* has happened since then.
Thank you for all the suggestions and feedback, and thank you to those who make #Alternatives that give us back our privacy. You are all heroes 👍
Easy-to-use privacy-conscious apps and sites for non-technical people:
mastodon.at is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.