About Fediverse

diversity is strength


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is a new word made of two words: “federation” + “universe”

It is a common name for federated social networks running on free open software on a myriad of servers across the world. Historically, this term has included only microblogging platforms supporting a set of protocols called OStatus. With the wide adoption of a new standard protocol called ActivityPub, many new projects appeared. This guide unites all interconnected networks under one term.

population ~ 5.440.289 accounts

active users ~ 1.627.051people

servers > 8.959 instances

(statistics updated regularly, latest update - 23/06/22)



programming languages

  • Elixir: Mobilizon, Pleroma, Bonfire
  • Go: Honk, Littr.me, Socialtap, Tavern, WriteFreely
  • Java: Smithereen
  • JavaScript: Gancio, Guppe
  • PHP: Castopod, Friendica, GNU Social, Hubzilla, Pixelfed, NextCloud-Social, Zap
  • Python: Bookwyrm, Epicyon, Fedeproxy, Funkwhale, microblog.pub, OLKi, Socialhome
  • Ruby: diaspora, Glitch-Soc, Hometown, Learn Awesome, Mastodon
  • Rust: Lemmy, Kibou, Kroeg, Plume
  • TypeScript: Dolphin, Misskey, PeerTube

Fediverse social networks differ from mainstream platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc). Mainstream platforms concentrate millions of users on one website, where they control all the decision-making, enforce censorship, and hoard users' private data for commercial profit and spying. Fediverse networks, on the other hand, are developed by a community of people all around the globe, independent from any corporation or official institution. You are free to register on any Fediverse website you like. You can choose the person who will be in charge of your data - the administrator of your server. If you have technical knowledge, you can administrate your own server for your friends and family, connecting with thousands of other independent servers across the web. Fediverse is an autonomous universe where power and data are decentralized and scattered across multiple lands. No high fences. No algorithms. No ads. Don't trust our word - explore Fediverse yourself!


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