FEDIVERSE

diversity is strength

06.12.19

Fediverse

is a portmanteau of two words “federation” and “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. This didn't do justice to a large number of projects that federate, share same values and are reasonably popular. With the appearance and wide adoption of a new standard protocol called ActivityPub it makes no sense to further divide the federated world into “OStatus” and “non-OStatus” projects. This guide unites all interconnected federated networks under one term “Fediverse”.

population ~ 4.455.165 accounts[1]

servers > 4.741 instances[3]

networks

protocols

programming languages

  • PHP: Friendica, GNU Social, Hubzilla, PixelFed, Social-NextCloud
  • Ruby: diaspora, Mastodon, Prismo
  • Python: Funkwhale, microblog.pub, Reel2Bits, Socialhome
  • Elixir: Mobilizon, Pleroma
  • Rust: Aardwolf, Kibou, Kroeg, Plume, Rustodon
  • (Node)JS: Dolphin, Misskey, PeerTube, WriteFreely
  • Go: read.as, WriteFreely

Fediverse social networks differ from mainstream platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc). Federated networks are developed by a community of people all around the globe, independent from any corporation or official institution. You personally can take part in the development and growth of the Fediverse. Another difference from corporate silos is the principle of federation. Each mainstream network concentrates millions of users in one place. Their corporate team controlls all information on that one big platform and hoards users' private data for commercial profit and spying. Federating networks can be run by anybody: you are free to register on any Fediverse server 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, while mainstream corporate websites each made themselves an emperor of their huge land, surrounded it with high fences, and enforce all the decision-making, data control and censorship. You'll learn a lot in Fediverse. Don't trust our word - explore Fediverse yourself.

JOIN FEDIVERSE * alternative lists of servers can be found on network pages under “join the network” title

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[1], [2], [3] - updated regularly, latest update - 17/11/19