You can start your own Mastodon instance even if you're not a techy person by using a managed hosting service like masto.host:
They do all the technical stuff like installation, upgrades, server maintenance etc behind the scenes. You own the actual instance, and control what happens on it.
You can follow them at:
Scuttlebutt works differently to other social networks, it has no servers and your personal data is stored on your device. (Scuttlebutt and Manyverse are of course free and open software too! 👍 )
It's still slightly tricky to use, but Manyverse is trying to make it easier. You can find out more at:
and follow them on the Fediverse at:
with the lead developer at:
The week is almost over, thank goodness, so it's time for #FollowFriday 🍹
💻 @elementary Elementary OS: Linux version aimed at non-technical users
🔒 @gcluley Graham Cluley: privacy and info security journalist
📱 @fdroidorg F-Droid: Free open alternative to Google Play (installation instructions: https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-google-play/ )
🖼️ @pixelfed PixelFed: Federated alternative to Instagram
🇫🇷 @TV5Monde TV5 Monde: Largest global French-language TV network
If you want to invite friends, family, colleagues, readers or anyone else to sign up on the same Mastodon instance as you, try using the invitation system:
1. Click on "invite people" in the bottom left corner of the page. (If you're on multicolumn, click on the "invite people" link at the bottom of the Getting Started tab.)
2. Choose your invitation settings (uses and expiration date)
3. Click "Generate", then send a copy of the link to the people you want to invite
@switchingsocial There doesn't happen to be a messaging program for the fediverse does there? Something that accomplishes the same task as things like Matrix, but can be used from an existing account within the fediverse.
Would fairly tidily complete the whole ecosystem to the point where you could do just about anything with it.
GOSH I love reading full articles from @write_as in the new single-column view.
The attached screenshot is after clicking through a "read article" link, one of the features of my new Mastodon fork, Hometown. I hope to have documentation and release notes ready to go by the end of the week!
#Anfora is an upcoming Flickr-style federated photo sharing platform for the Fediverse. You can follow it at:
The developer took a break for a while but is now back, so it's a good time to help them if you can.
There's also a website at:
Do you have a good suggestion for an email client for Android? I know there is K9. But there hasn't been an update for nine months and the app seems kind of orphaned to me.
Also, the user interface is extremely old-fashioned (although the UI from fairemail is even worse).
Thanks in advance! 😊
@switchingsocial Hey there 👋
i'm looking for an Android APP where i can scan my receipts with following features, autocrop, multiple pages, PDF auto save in custom folder.
Scanbot isn't working anymore on lineageos without play services.
Thank you guys
.@Diffu are creating a Medium-style federated blogging system.
You can see a mock-up at:
You can contribute to their crowdfunding at:
Can anyone point me to some good articles or resources on using mastodon for social activism and environmental causes? There are couple NGOs I work with that I would like to get to start using it.. Also I would like recommendations on which instances would be best for these purposes. @switchingsocial
Thanks for that. Didn't even realize we have lists in here. Do you know if there's a way (or a tool) to schedule toots, much like TwitterDeck?
Mastodon's Lists let you follow handpicked accounts on their own timeline.
The single-column interface makes it a bit easier to use them:
1. Click on "Lists" in the right sidebar
2. Enter a new list title, click + to create it
3. Click on the new list's name to open it
4. Click on the three sliders icon in the top right corner, click "Edit List"
5. Click "Search among people you follow" and enter keywords, then click + to add to your list
6. Click outside the box to close it
#Mobilizon, a Fediverse alternative to Facebook Events, has just achieved its third crowdfunding goal of €50k:
There's still 10 days to go, with any further funds going towards a mobile app and advanced mapping features.
You can follow the project on here:
The project leaders are French free software campaign group @Framasoft who have a good track record in making privacy-friendly alternatives.
(via @blog )
Funkwhale creator unveils Retribute, a donation system for fediverse creators
Eliot Berriot, creator of Funkwhale, has unveiled a new concept for handling donations to artists from their patrons on the fediverse. https://wedistribute.org/2019/06/funkwhale-creator-unveils-retribute-a-donation-system-for-fediverse-creators/
If you're on an instance running the latest version of Mastodon, you may have noticed the image attachment button has turned into a paperclip 📎
This is because you can now attach lots of different kinds of media: images, video and audio 👍
The supported file types are:
JPEG/PNG/GIF for images
MP4/WEBM/MOV for video
MP3/WAV/OGG/FLAC for audio
There's a size limit of 8 megabytes on images and 40 megabytes on video/audio.
Personal opinions about Mastodon's light mode & single column mode
I've got to say, I *really* love using #Mastodon on single column light mode 😌
It's so much more relaxing and focused. My eyes aren't darting from one place to another constantly looking for stuff. The light background is less techy, more like the walls of a sunny room.
Photos are bigger, and the text I want to read isn't squished into a tiny column.
It's also easier to find features in the links list at the right hand side 👍
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.