Yesterday was the last post in the current #AlternativesAtoZ series.
You can see the whole series most easily by going to:
You can find out more about alternatives on the website:
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#Quicksy is a version of the popular XMPP app Conversations, by the same developer:
It's aimed at non-technical people who are new to XMPP, and lets them register using just their phone number. It tries to make it as easy as possible to get started on XMPP.
If you are an XMPP enthusiast who wants to get non-techie friends onto the network, this might be useful?
(Thanks to @dhanesh95 for info about it)
#Zom is an easy-to-use messenger app for Android and iPhone:
It is powered by #XMPP, and is intended as an easy way for non-technical people to use XMPP. It greatly simplifies the registration process, for example.
Anyone on Zom can communicate with anyone using an XMPP app.
To use it, you need to install an XMPP app, then sign up for an account on an XMPP server.
There are lots of XMPP apps for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux:
There are also lots of XMPP servers to choose from:
The choice is maybe a bit overwhelming, but once you've picked an app and server it's very easy to use the service.
#WriteFreely is a free open federated blogging platform. It has a minimalist approach so that readers concentrate on the text.
It federates with #ActivityPub so you can follow blogs through Mastodon etc.
Existing Write Freely instances you can sign up at:
Installing your own instance:
Fully managed hosting, if you want your own instance without doing techy stuff:
#uBlockOrigin is a really good and easy-to-use ad-blocker for your web browser. It also blocks some other threats to your privacy.
You can install it from your browser's add-on or extensions menu, and it's available for all major browsers including Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Edge and Opera.
It works well alongside #PrivacyBadger, and switching.social recommends you install both.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT install "uBlock", it has a similar name but is a totally different app.
#Trunk is a community-run directory of people on the Fediverse who are looking for followers:
It's opt-in, so people only get listed if they specifically ask to be there.
It's organised by topic, and you can follow individuals or the entire list for that category.
There are a couple of open source automated #Translation sites available.
Both are still under development so they lack some languages/features, but you can try them already on their demo sites:
#TorProject is a way of using the internet through an ever-changing randomly-connected network of volunteers' computers. The Tor web browser is based on Firefox, but works through the Tor network.
Tor is slower and trickier to use than normal web browsing, but it provides a higher level of privacy as Tor's randomness makes it more difficult to track people online.
You can find out more at:
You can follow the project on here at:
#Snips is an upcoming open privacy-friendly alternative to invasive voice assistants like Siri or Alexa.
Instead of sending your voice to be processed elsewhere, the processing happens offline on the device itself:
It's not yet ready for ordinary users, but there's an official site for developers/hobbyists who want to have a go at making their own Snips device:
#SelfHosting and #CommunityHosting are when you run your own server for yourself or your community. This means you can have full control over whatever services run from that server, for example email or social networking.
It has traditionally been quite difficult to run a server, but there are a number of projects on the Fediverse that are trying to make it easier:
📦 FreedomBox: @freedomboxfndn
🍭 Lollipop Cloud:
#Searx is an open source search engine which combines results from 70 other search engines while stripping away their trackers.
You can try it out on any public Searx instance, for example:
If you run a server, you can also install your own Searx instance:
It also works through @torproject if you want an extra layer of privacy.
#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.
#RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a way to follow your favourite news sites and blogs.
When you subscribe to an RSS feed using an RSS app, every new story gets sent to you in chronological order. There are no algorithms or trackers.
You can find out more about RSS (including recommended apps) on switching.social's "Alternatives to Google News" page:
You can also follow Mastodon accounts by just adding ".rss":
You can find free #PublicDomainEbooks really easily using switching.social's eBook search page:
The search covers a wide variety of public domain sites, and includes many different languages.
You can get it from the official site:
It is really easy to use, it automatically learns as it goes along, and you can use it simultaneously with different kinds of protective add-ons like uBlock Origin.
If you have a non-techie friend or relative who is concerned about privacy, you might want to install Privacy Badger on their browser.
#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:
#Plume is a free open federated blogging platform for the Fediverse.
You can find out more at:
You can sign up at:
...and many other instances listed at https://joinplu.me
It's powered by ActivityPub, so you can follow Plume blogs from Mastodon, Friendica, Pleroma and other ActivityPub-powered social networks.
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.