If you're an advanced user looking for , you might like to check out switching.social's most overlooked sections:

👩‍💻 👨‍💻 Alternatives For Advanced Users - sites like switching.social but aimed at technically-aware people
switching.social/ethical-alter

🔥 Bubbling Under - Alternatives that are close to being listed on the main part of the site, and are already very useful
switching.social/bubbling-unde

@GoatsLive

Hope they weren't too scared in the weather you had recently?

is a UK-based wholesaler-owned bookshop with home delivery or collection from local indie bookshops (who get a cut of the sale):

hive.co.uk

You can also adopt a local bookshop, who get a cut of your orders regardless of delivery method.

Pro Tip: If you want to be *really* supportive of your local bookshop, phone/email them to order through them directly. Price and delivery time is the same, but they get a bigger share of the price.

MobiliZon: the new Framasoft project designed to create platforms for managing communities and events (libre alternative to Meetups and Facebook groups) - joinmobilizon.org/en/

is a service that makes Mastodon look like Twitter.

You can use it at one of the instances listed here:

notabug.org/halcyon-suite/halc

You can find the Halcyon source code and install it on your own server here:

notabug.org/halcyon-suite/halc

(You can also install it via @yunohost)

You can follow the developers here:

@halcyon

Opinion | Congress May Have Fallen for Facebook’s Trap, but You Don’t Have To - The New York Times - nytimes.com/2018/12/12/opinion #rr

Reminder: you are welcome to join us on January to discuss about Funkwhale, what we should do, how, etc.

Details are here: socialhub.network/t/funkwhale- :)

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Rappel : vous êtes les bienvenu·es pour vous joindre à nous début janvier pour discuter de Funkwhale et de son avenir.

Tout les détails sont sur socialhub.network/t/funkwhale- :)

@Gargron

For people interested in joining Funkwhale, there's an onboarding site here too:

join.funkwhale.audio/

@miya

I would actually love to put Searx front and centre due to its open nature, but the results page is a bit scary and I can imagine non-technical people going back to Google as it's easier to use.

(Searx is listed though, below Qwant.)

By the way, I have been warned about Qwant being owned by a large commercial publisher too.

This is the problem with search, every option has something against it. Alternatives almost always tend to be "lesser evils" in some way.

@miya @xenome

I think we have different ideas about what is difficult for non-technical users.

@miya

It's not "by association", she's one of the founders of StartPage.

@miya @xenome

uMatrix's official website's first words are "definitely for advanced users". I can't recommend something like that on my site.

Privacy Badger and uBlock Origin together are extremely easy to use and block trackers/cookies, they run absolutely fine on my cheap laptop.

@miya

Could you point me to some information about why DDG is "compromised"?

Qwant is already on there, just scroll the page down a bit.

uMatrix's page says it's for advanced users.

Startpage is run by very odd people who think RFID tags are a satanic prophecy. I've posted about them before, and I'm not recommending them to anyone.

AFAIK Chromium-based browsers are compromised due to their Google-based origins, so I hesitate to recommend them.

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Mastodon

mastodon.at is open to all users and federates with most instances.

🇩🇪 🇦🇹 🇨🇭 mastodon.at ist offen für alle User und ist mit vielen anderen Instanzen verbunden.