#Scuttlebutt is a distributed social network. There are no servers at all, just you and the people you know.
Anything shared with you on Scuttlebutt is sent to your computer or phone. Anything you share with another is sent to theirs.
It's still in its early days and tricky to use, but there's a good attempt to get it into the mainstream at:
It's available for Android (through Play and @fdroidorg ) and on the way for iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux.
Ok, a slightly different kind of ethical alternative today:
GFW is a small independent clothing maker who don't use sweatshops and don't classify people by gender.
They are having free shipping to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks, plus 10% off with the discount code "firstorder".
They use a sizing system which works by body shape, not gender:
They cost more, but that's because they pay a proper wage (they manufacture in the UK).
#Prismo is currently under construction, and will be a free open federated alternative to Reddit.
You can follow the project here:
There's a demo instance at:
If you're a developer, you can contribute to the code here:
If you want to support the project financially, you can donate here:
Apologies to people in the US who clicked on the Switching Social book and saw a rather walmart- centric login page.
I didn't know about this
1) Kobo login in the rest of the world is totally different (see attachment). I'm outside the US, this is the login I saw.
2) Even in the US, one of the login options should be Rakuten Kobo which is the bookshop itself, you don't need to use Walmart or Google or Facebook
3) I wanted to use a more "indie" site but they all needed paypal :(
#PixelFed is a free open federated alternative to Instagram.
It's part of the Fediverse, so you can follow PixelFed accounts from Mastodon, Pleroma etc.
You can sign up at many different instances, for example:
(You can find more instances at https://the-federation.info/pixelfed )
You can follow PixelFed's official account at:
If you enjoy using switching.social and would like to support the site, please consider buying "The Switching Social Handbook":
It's short, but it's designed mainly to complement the website rather than duplicate it. It discusses the challenges to privacy and looks at the alternatives on offer.
It's a DRM-free ePub file, which should work on most major eBook readers.
(Let me know about any problems or feedback!)
#PeerTube is a free open alternative to YouTube:
It's federated through ActivityPub, so you can follow PeerTube channels on Fediverse sites like Mastodon etc.
It uses peer-to-peer technology so even viral videos won't bring an instance down. The more people watch, the more bandwidth they contribute.
There are several apps:
#OpenStreetMap is a user-created detailed map of the entire world:
Like Wikipedia anyone can use or edit it, and the content is free and open. There are no ads or trackers either.
For apps, we would recommend OsmAnd for Android/iOS: https://osmand.net
(OsmAnd is also available on @fdroidorg )
#OpenLibrary is a free open online catalogue of every book ever published, edited by users and run by the Internet Archive:
Members can download public domain books, borrow copyrighted books, edit entries and create lists to share.
#MineTest is a free open source game similar to MineCraft. It features both offline and online gameplay, multiplayer servers, many gameplay styles and a large amount of user created content/mods.
You can download it for Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD and Android from the official site:
You can follow the official MineTest fediverse account here:
You can follow the MineTest developer here:
If you're currently using #GoogleAnalytics, you are helping Google spy on your own site's visitors.
To protect your visitors' privacy, try switching to an independent free open source alternative like #Matomo:
The self-hosted version is FLOSS and (of course) free of charge, while the managed hosting version is a paid account.
It's GDPR compliant and by default respects "Do Not Track".
You can also follow the developers on here:
The 2.7.0 #Mastodon update added a site directory feature. You can see it by adding "/explore" to your instance's address, for example:
It's opt-in, so it only lists people who have asked to be listed.
You can add yourself like this:
1. Go to Settings
2. Go to Edit Profile
3. Add hashtags to your profile bio, to let people know what kind of stuff you like to talk about
4. Tick the "List This Account on the directory" box
5. Click on "save changes"
You can get a green verified link on your #Mastodon profile by adding a special code to your website.
Just go to Settings, then Edit Profile, then copy the code from the Verification section and add it to your website's front page, then Save Changes on your profile.
(If you don't want to keep the code on your site, you can remove it after you've saved the changes on your profile.)
Best way to move instances on #Mastodon:
On your OLD account:
1. Export your follows, mutes and blocks: go to Settings, then Data Export, then download the CSV files (you do NOT need to request an archive to do this!)
2. Set your old account to redirect to the new one: go to Settings, then Edit Profile, then "Move To A Different Account" (at bottom of screen)
On your NEW account:
3. Upload your follows, mutes and blocks: go to Settings, then Import, then upload the CSV files
Unlike traditional social networks, Scuttlebutt has no servers. Members store all their personal data on their own computer or phone, and connect directly to their friends' devices in order to update statuses. Scuttlebutt also works offline.
It's currently available on @fdroidorg and Google Play. (Note it's still in beta and many features are missing.)
#Linux is a good privacy-conscious alternative to Microsoft Windows. It's free, fast and easy.
-Modern forms of Linux (such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint) are as easy to use as Windows or Mac. They're well supported, with popular apps like Spotify and Steam.
-If you're having trouble making an installation USB stick, you can order them online: https://www.osdisc.com/
-You can buy PCs with Linux preinstalled from a wide range of shops:
It runs on GNU Linux (*not* Android). It comes with PureOS by default, and you can install other forms of Linux if you prefer.
The modem is separated from the CPU, and there are kill switches for the camera, mic, wireless and modem.
More info at:
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.