Some were asking whether there is a Fediverse alternative to Facebook Events/Groups.
There is one on the way!
It's called Mobilizon, and it had a successful crowdfunding to cover development costs. The beta version is due out in October.
It will be free, open and federate with ActivityPub.
You can follow it on here:
The website is here:
You can follow and help development here:
Just to follow up on the recent post about ethical phone makers @Fairphone , a number of people asked if there was a more ethical OS on it too.
Fairphone comes with stock Google Android by default, but
Fairphone also make their own de-googlised version of Android called Fairphone Open:
It doesn't come with the Fairphone by default, but because it's provided by Fairphone themselves it's relatively easy to install:
You can greatly customise your Mastodon Notifications section by clicking on the slider icon in the top right corner.
Try the different settings, they're useful
You may know @nextcloud offers a free open storage system, but did you know it also has its own app ecosystem?
There are lots of extra apps you can add to your Nextcloud:
(Includes collaborative document editing, music streaming, video calling, calendar syncing, note taking, XMPP chat and lots more)
Getting very strong hints that the Fairphone 3 will be unveiled on Tuesday 27th August 📱
You can follow Fairphone on their official Fediverse account:
...and on their community account:
Fairphone manufacture smartphones using as ethical methods and materials as possible, all the way through the supply chain.
As you may have noticed from recent boosts, @pixelfed now has "remote follows".
In case you're wondering what it is, #Pixelfed is a free open alternative to Instagram, designed for privacy-friendly photo sharing.
You can now follow Mastodon accounts from Pixelfed, and Pixelfed accounts from Mastodon.
Remote follows mean wherever you sign up, you can follow people from other servers 👍
If you're new to Mastodon and the Fediverse, you may be looking for ways to connect with people.
Here are some suggestions:
✅ Do a post telling the world a little bit about yourself with the hashtag #Introductions
✅ Visit the opt-in community directory Trunk to find people to follow, it's organised by topic:
✅ Use hashtags! These are the only way to search the fediverse, so they make your posts much easier to discover.
Have you tried filling in your profile's metadata section?
You can add links, or even just random info, which appear as a table next to your public profile.
1. Click on "Edit Profile"
2. Go to "Profile Metadata" section and fill in one or more rows
3. (optional) To verify your ownership of a website, insert the verification code into your website's code. This will make verified links turn green on your profile with a tick next to them.
4. Click Save
An official report for the Dutch government concluded:
“(Microsoft Office) systematically collects data on a large scale ... covertly, without informing people. … Microsoft does not offer any choice with regard to the amount of data, or possibility to switch off the collection.”
Don't use Microsoft Office, use LibreOffice instead 👍
It's free, open and you can get it here:
You can follow them on here:
The free open pro painting software #Krita has a PeerTube channel which has just become active
You can follow Krita's official PeerTube at:
You can follow their official Mastodon account at:
You can download Krita from their official website, it's available for Windows, Mac and Linux:
(NOTE: PeerTube is part of the Fediverse, so you can follow its channels and comment on its videos from Mastodon etc. 👍 )
Developers and/or searx fans,
Anyone know if there's a Searx instance with a cleaner, more Google/DDG-like interface by default?
Or is anyone working on one?
I know there are other themes available but none of the current ones are as calm as DDG/Google/Bing etc.
Also, default themes are the only ones that non-tech people will ever see. If you want non-techies to use Searx, the default theme has to be aimed at them.
Do you like Mario Kart? Do you like Libre software?
Then you might like #SuperTuxKart, which lets you race as various FLOSS mascots:
It includes story mode, time trial, local multiplayer, online multiplayer and lots of mods too.
It's available for Linux, Mac, Windows and Android.
Libre activists in Albania 🇦🇱 are doing their own version of switching.social (see photo) 👍
Switching.social is available under a CC By SA licence, so if you want to do your own version in your own language, please go right ahead!
There are already versions in French, German, Italian and Turkish:
Adobe Creative Cloud holds creative works hostage: if you stop paying the monthly fee or if Adobe's servers go down, you can't edit your work. Once you buy into the Adobe ecosystem, you're stuck there and forced to pay rent.
There are many free open alternatives which give you full control over your work without locking you down:
Mastodon doesn't have a direct system to verify users' identities.
However, if you own a website you can verify your identity as its owner 👍
1. Go to Preferences > Profile > Appearance
2. Scroll down to "Verification", copy the code and paste it onto the front page of your website
3. Add your website to "Profile Metadata"
4. Click "Save Changes"
Your website address should now be verified in green on your profile 🎉
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.