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:
Do you wish the Fediverse had a Reddit-style link sharing and discussion system?
There are two in development, Prismo and Lemmy:
Prismo demo instance:
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 👍
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 /e/ foundation has started selling phones with their own version of Android preloaded on them:
The /e/ version of Android is aiming to be de-googlised, but there are still a few remnants of G on them:
Just wondering what people think about /e/?
Should I list it as an alternative to Android? Is it degooglised enough to consider as a "least worst" option?
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. 👍 )
NextCloud is a really good privacy-friendly alternative to Google Drive, Dropbox, Google Calendar and many other online services.
You don't need any tech knowledge to use it!
The easiest way to sign up for Nextcloud is to use their official "Simple sign-up" page, which directs people to their preferred providers:
(Of course, if you are good with tech you can self-host if you prefer 👍)
You can follow them on here at:
Some nice hashtags on the Fediverse which are worth browsing and (if your platform allows it) following:
#Florespondence - Pretty pictures of flowers 🌷 🌻 🌹
#SFFBookClub - Reading and discussing Scifi/fantasy books together
#Introductions - People telling the fediverse a little bit about themselves
#Alternatives - Ethical/open alternatives to popular apps, sites or pretty much anything
#FollowFriday - Recommendations for interesting accounts to follow
Any other good tags?
Many thanks to everyone who collaborated on the "alternatives to recaptcha" thread a couple of weeks ago.
I've now added a recaptcha alternatives page based on people's suggestions in the thread:
Feedback welcome 👍
Thank you to everyone who took part in the google fonts thread last week:
I've published an alternatives page, feedback welcome:
I've updated the "Alternatives to Amazon Books" page to make it clearer.
If you're looking for alternatives to Amazon Books, or Amazon's book-related properties (Kindle, Goodreads, Audible), here are some suggestions:
#Blender is a free open tool for creating many kinds of 3d and 2d animations. They are on the Fediverse! 👍
You can follow their Mastodon account at @Blender
They have a PeerTube channel which you can follow at @blender
They also make free open movies, the latest of which is "Spring" (2019). You can watch it here:
Are you a German speaker?
You should check out SwitchingSocial.de, a German language fork of switching.social.
The website is here:
You can follow it at:
It's owned and run by the translators, so contact them directly if you have suggestions for the site.
If you're looking for an easy-to-use, privacy-friendly alternative to Microsoft's Skype, you might want to try Jami:
You can also follow them on here at:
It's free, open and distributed, and available for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux.
It has no servers, calls are connected directly peer-to-peer over an encrypted connection.
#Inventaire is a free open site which lets you easily catalogue, borrow and lend physical books:
You can follow them on here:
It's useful for cataloguing collections, sharing books and keeping track of private libraries.
Inventaire's title database uses Wikidata to help find a book's details automatically.
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:
By far the most common request I get is for alternatives to Google's Re-Captcha.
The situation is so unclear that I haven't done an alternatives section on the site.
Do you have suggestions for re-captcha alternatives?
(I know this has come up before, but the discussions are scattered across many threads which people are failing to find.)
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.