Big props to @omgubuntu and @protonmail for putting Mastodon links on their website templates alongside their centralised social media links (see attachments) :blobcheer:

This is great for normalising the concept of decentralised social media ๐Ÿ‘

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.

In case you missed it, there's a free open Fediverse alternative to Reddit under construction called Prismo:

@prismo

You can try the first instance at:

prismo.xyz

prismo.xyz/auth/sign_up

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.)

Want to run a blog on the Fediverse, which people can follow from Mastodon etc?

There are several platforms which let you do this:

Write Freely
writefreely.org/
@write_as

Plume
joinplu.me/

ActivityPub plugin for Wordpress
wordpress.org/plugins/activity
@pfefferle

Pterotype plugin for Wordpress
wordpress.org/plugins/pterotyp
@jdormit

The game expo starts today, so with gaming in mind you might want to follow these accounts:

@gamingonlinux Gaming On Linux: News about the latest games for Linux

@GIbiz Games Industry: The web's largest site about the companies behind games

@itchio Itch.io: DRM-free indie games store

@Minetest Minetest: Free open alternative to Minecraft, includes offline and online gameplay

@rpginabox RPG in a Box: Editor for creating your own 3d RPGs

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:

manyver.se

You can follow Manyverse at:

@manyver_se

It's again! ๐ŸŒฎ

Time for some and more:

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿš€ @mastonaut Mastonaut: Mastodon desktop app for the Mac

๐Ÿ’ถ @Liberapay LiberaPay: Free open alternative to Patreon

๐Ÿ“ˆ @Matomo Matomo: Free open alternative to Google Analytics

๐Ÿง @tuxedocomputers Tuxedo Computers: Custom-built Linux desktops and laptops

๐Ÿš€ @MicroSFF Micro SF/F: Toot-sized science fiction & fantasy stories

Previous :
mastodon.at/@switchingsocial/1

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:

social.isurf.ca/
nerdica.net/
libranet.de/

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 has just passed the second goal in its crowdfunding of โ‚ฌ35k.

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, โ‚ฌ50k, it will add many extra features including groups, which would be great ๐Ÿ‘

You can donate at:

joinmobilizon.org/en/

You can follow them on here at:

@mobilizon

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:

kobo.com/ebook/the-switching-s

In case you missed it, 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:

getcarnet.app

You can follow Carnet here:

@Carnet

It syncs through @nextcloud and @ownclouders , and there's an official public Nextcloud instance for people who don't have their own cloud:

carnet.live

The app is available on Google Play and @fdroidorg

is an open federated alternative to Reddit and is currently early in development. You can follow the project at:

@LemmyDev

There's also the open federated , which is in a more advanced state of development:

@prismo

You can try Prismo at:

prismo.xyz

(If you copy a Prismo user or post address into the Mastodon search box and click search, you can interact with it.)

(Thanks to @gaja for info about Lemmy.)

Instagram alternative 's flagship instance pixelfed.social is now permanently closed to new registrations in order to prevent centralisation.

You can still sign up to PixelFed, just pick another instance.

Here are some we'd recommend:

pix.diaspodon.fr
pxlfd.me/
pixelfed.de/

You can find more at:
fediverse.network/pixelfed

PixelFed instances federate with the Fediverse, so you can follow PF accounts from Mastodon etc.

is a free open alternative to Doodle:

framadate.org

Like Doodle, Framadate lets you make quick, simple calendars and polls for finding out the opinions of your friends or colleagues without needing to register.

Unlike Doodle, Framadate respects privacy and doesn't show ads or track you.

It's made by @Framasoft and the source code is at framagit.org/framasoft/framada

The Android app 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:

play.google.com/store/apps/det

The F-Droid version remains at its current address:

f-droid.org/packages/fr.gouv.e

You can follow Fedilab at:

@tom79@mastodon.social

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:

switching.social/ethical-alter

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:

@fdroidorg

Mobilizon, the upcoming open federated alternative to Facebook Events, has reached its first crowdfunding goal of โ‚ฌ20k:

joinmobilizon.org/en/

This covers development of the events software itself.

The next goal, โ‚ฌ35k, 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 ๐Ÿ‘

You can donate at the link above, and follow them on here at:

@mobilizon

As it's the 10th anniversary of Minecraft, a reminder that there's a free open alternative called Minetest:

minetest.net/

You can follow it on the Fediverse at:

@Minetest

It has many game modes including online multiplayer servers.

As you may have read yesterday, Adobe is telling customers using older versions of Creative Cloud that they could be sued (elekk.xyz/@eightbitsamurai/102).

If you are still using CC, it might be time to consider alternatives which let you actually own software instead of renting it:

switching.social/ethical-alter

France's largest free software organisation @Framasoft has just launched a crowdfunding campaign for an open federated events tool, Mobilizon:

joinmobilizon.org/en/

Mobilizon would replace Facebook Events and similar closed services.

It would use ActivityPub, so people would be able to organise events on the Fediverse.

You can also follow its Mastodon account here:

@mobilizon

๐ŸŽ‚ It's been one year since switching.social posted its , so cake for everyone! ๐Ÿฐ ๐Ÿฐ ๐Ÿฐ :blobcheer: ๐ŸŽ‰

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 that give us back our privacy. You are all heroes ๐Ÿ‘

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