#Halcyon is a service that makes Mastodon look like Twitter.
You can use it at one of the instances listed here:
You can find the Halcyon source code and install it on your own server here:
(You can also install it via @yunohost)
You can follow the developers here:
#GetTogether is a free open source alternative to the event planning site MeetUp.com.
You can use the first GetTogether instance here:
and follow the project here:
The project is also working on federating instances together using the ActivityPub standard (which Mastodon, Pleroma, PeerTube etc also use).
#FunkWhale is an open source federated music streaming and storage service.
There's a demo instance using Creative Commons tracks here:
The official "Join Funkwhale" site is here:
You can follow them at:
#Friendica is an open source federated social network with a Facebook-style interface, including photo galleries, events and more.
It federates with Mastodon and Diaspora, so you can connect with people on both services.
You can try it out here:
...and at these sites: https://the-federation.info/friendica
The latest version has #ActivityPub support, so Friendica will federate with an even wider range of services soon.
#Fairphone is a smartphone manufacturer that goes to great lengths to be as ethical as possible.
They try to source raw materials from ethical sources as far as possible, and their phones are modular: if a component breaks, you can replace it yourself without special tools.
The phone's operating system can also be replaced.
Their website is:
and you can follow them on here:
There's also a community site:
If you're interested in creating 2D animation, you might want to take a look at the short film "Hero":
There's a brief set of behind-the-scenes clips at the end of the short to illustrate how it was made.
"Hero" was created on Grease Pencil, a set of 2D graphics tools in the open source graphics suite Blender.
Anyone can download and use Blender free:
#Briar is an unusual kind of messenger for Android devices: there are no servers, messages are stored on your phone and sent directly to your contact's phone through TOR, wi-fi or bluetooth.
It's designed for journalists, activists, people working in disaster zones and anyone interested in "off the grid" communication.
The official site is here:
The app is free, open source and available through @fdroidorg and Google Play.
#Anfora is an open source online photo album, an ethical alternative to Instagram.
It's currently under development, you can follow the latest updates at:
If you're a developer, you can help out at:
Anfora will use the ActivityPub standard to form a decentralised network of independent sites.
As AP is the same standard used by Mastodon, Pixelfed, Pleroma etc you will be able to follow Anfora accounts from these sites too.
#ActivityPub is a technical standard for connecting independent sites together to form a single giant network.
Mastodon users can follow people from other Mastodon sites because they all talk to each other through ActivityPub.
But there's more... AP also lets different kinds of sites talk to each other, so people on Mastodon can follow people on PeerTube, Pleroma etc.
AP services in development:
Some (very) technical details:
The @GetTogetherComm project is making an open source federated alternative to MeetUp.com.
You can already use their first instance (https://gettogether.community) but they need help with building the federation side of things, so that instances can link together and with the rest of the Fediverse.
If you're a coder and interested in helping, you may want to take a look at this post:
How to verify your account on Mastodon (sort of) Show more
1. Establish an official website which people know is yours
2. Add a link to your official website from your Mastodon profile
3. Edit your Mastodon profile and go to the section on links, paste the HTML ownership code into the front page of your website
4. Save your Mastodon profile, your instance will check that the ownership code is present on your website. If it is, you get a green tick next to the link.
5. Congratulations, you're verified!
In the spirit of the alternatives listed, https://switching.social's text is now available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.
As long as you credit switching.social and use the same licence, you can use the site's text on your own site, incorporate it into your own projects or translate it into your own language.
A number of people have asked over the last few months if they can do a version in their own language. The CC licence makes this possible.
US politics Show more
(First and possibly only time I will post politics.)
If you're a US citizen, *please* vote on Tuesday.
It's important for the whole planet, not least due to global warming, which Trump calls a Chinese hoax.
If Congress remains Republican, there will be nothing to restrain Trump.
Trump has gone on record recently saying "I am on the ticket, because this is also a referendum about me."
Please show your disapproval, please piss him off, please protect the Earth. Please vote 🙏
Announcement for people celebrating bonfire night / fireworks night / Guy Fawkes night Show more
If you celebrate bonfire night/Guy Fawkes night, please be aware that hedgehogs and other threatened species often sleep or nest in an unlit bonfire, especially if the bonfire is built days before it is lit.
To avoid injuries to animals, it's very important to build or move the bonfire on the same day you light it.
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User Interface Designers:
It's difficult to read things which have no focus. If it's several columns all the same width, the eye doesn't know where to start or rest.
The effect is similar to when David Bowie watches several televisions in "The Man Who Fell To Earth", i.e. incomprehensible.
Please give things a focus, make one column wider and put the most important stuff in that. It's how most people cope with seeing several things at once (e.g. varying headline sizes in newspapers).
As predicted by many commentators, #CambridgeAnalytica is going to escape punishment because all the people involved simply formed a new (but legally separate) company:
By going after companies and not people, it is very difficult to enforce privacy laws.
This is a familiar pattern that commercial con artists use: run up liabilities with one company, then transfer assets to a new company. If they get caught, they simply do it again, and it's legal.
Just got a request about Facebook alternatives on the Fediverse.
There are a number of options, but the one most suitable for non-technical people is probably Friendica.
Friendica's major instances are already federating through ActivityPub (on the development branch of the code), such as:
Friendica has a Facebook-like interface, and FB-like features such as events and photo albums.
Netflix now "personalises" artwork based on individuals' data:
This is hypertargeted advertising: different people see different info about same film, most get misled about its nature.
Same thing is now happening with political advertising:
Same candidates, but different individuals see totally different information about them. Most get misled about candidate's nature.
With a film you can stop watching when you find out truth, but after an election it's too late.
Does anyone know if there's an instance of Searx that presents results in a simpler format like DuckDuckGo?
The current format of Searx seems a bit crowded. The information is useful, but the layout makes it seem a bit overwhelming, which makes it more painful to use.
DuckDuckGo seems much cleaner and easier to read, so it's more suitable for non-technical people.
A guide to ethical privacy-conscious apps and sites. It's aimed at non-technical people who want easy-to-use alternatives:
mastodon.at is open to all users and federates with most instances.
🇩🇪 🇦🇹 🇨🇭 mastodon.at ist offen für alle User und ist mit vielen anderen Instanzen verbunden.