This is great for normalising the concept of decentralised social media 👍
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:
You can try the first instance at:
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:
The #E3 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:
You can follow Manyverse at:
It's #FollowFriday again! 🌮
Time for some #alternatives and more:
👩🚀 @mastonaut Mastonaut: Mastodon desktop app for the Mac
💶 @Liberapay LiberaPay: Free open alternative to Patreon
📈 @Matomo Matomo: Free open alternative to Google Analytics
🐧 @tuxedocomputers Tuxedo Computers: Custom-built Linux desktops and laptops
🚀 @MicroSFF Micro SF/F: Toot-sized science fiction & fantasy stories
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:
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 #Mobilizon has just passed the second goal in its crowdfunding of €35k.
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, €50k, it will add many extra features including groups, which would be great 👍
You can donate at:
You can follow them on here at:
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:
In case you missed it, #Carnet 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:
You can follow Carnet here:
The app is available on Google Play and @fdroidorg
#Lemmy is an open federated alternative to Reddit and is currently early in development. You can follow the project at:
There's also the open federated #Prismo, which is in a more advanced state of development:
You can try Prismo at:
(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 #PixelFed'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:
You can find more at:
PixelFed instances federate with the Fediverse, so you can follow PF accounts from Mastodon etc.
#Framadate is a free open alternative to Doodle:
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.
The Android app #Fedilab 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:
The F-Droid version remains at its current address:
You can follow Fedilab at:
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:
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:
Mobilizon, the upcoming open federated alternative to Facebook Events, has reached its first crowdfunding goal of €20k:
This covers development of the events software itself.
The next goal, €35k, 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 👍
You can donate at the link above, and follow them on here at:
As you may have read yesterday, Adobe is telling customers using older versions of Creative Cloud that they could be sued (https://elekk.xyz/@eightbitsamurai/102095888096617219).
If you are still using CC, it might be time to consider alternatives which let you actually own software instead of renting it:
France's largest free software organisation @Framasoft has just launched a crowdfunding campaign for an open federated events tool, Mobilizon:
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:
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 #Alternatives that give us back our privacy. You are all heroes 👍
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.