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This is your friendly reminder that contrary to the hype and marketing hullabaloo going around right now but #Mastodon is not the #fediverse! The “Mastodon Network” that Eugen Rochko claims to have created is the very same #federation that has existed for well over 10 years. The #fediverse is a huge tapestry of thousands of servers and volunteers, and dozens if not hundreds of developers and even more volunteers, who have made this space what you see today.

There is no “Mastodon Network”. It’s simply the #fediverse. That’s like Facebook saying they are the Internet. We all know what an absurd claim that would be. Facebook is an application accessible over the Internet that provides a walled-garden to its users. Well, Mastodon is just one of many applications accessible over the Internet that provides access to the #fediverse (which is not a walled-garden).

So what is the fediverse? Here’s my definition. The “Fediverse” can be thought of as a giant park that is not owned by any one person, company, group, government, or organization. A park where people gather to meet, explore, collaborate, discuss, watch videos, listen to music, chat, and do a whole lot more. A park that you can only get to by using a piece of software that lets you inside. Mastodon is just one (and currently the most popular) type of that software.

Mastodon is a door-way into the park for anybody that uses it. Same for Pleroma, Friendica, Misskey, PeerTube, Pixelfed, BookWyrm, and others.

Since journalists aren’t writing any articles about the real #fediverse, and since it (and the wonderful projects that are at its center) aren’t getting the recognition they so very much deserve, allow me to introduce you to them instead.

Because when you either accidentally or intentionally or through ignorance or apathy spread the misinformation that Mastodon=Fediverse, you erode the very foundation of what has drawn you (and the rest of us) here in the first place.

You are marginalizing and gaslighting great projects and their users.

Note: The following is not intended to be a history of the fediverse. The following is my opinion, understanding, and interpretation. If I’ve gotten something wrong, let me know. But take the following as opinion and interpretation, not fact.

👉 Akkoma#Akkoma is a hard fork of Pleroma that is heavily centered on user expression.

👉 BookWyrm#BookWyrm is a federated version of GoodReads. A federated instance by book lovers and for book lovers.

👉 Castopod — Next generation podcasting software #Castopod allows podcasters of all sizes to interact with audiences in the fediverse. Your podcast becomes a social network: your episodes can be shared, liked and commented on without depending on anyone. Podcasts can be monetized or not, you have rich audience metrics and analytics, and series can be deployed to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, and other podcast services.

👉 Diaspora — One of the oldest federated instance software. Pioneered the concept of “circles” and “aspects” where users could sort their followers into logical groups and control who sees what.

👉 Friendica — The one app that lets anyone or any organization literally create their own private #facebook on the fediverse and make it accessible and federated with the rest of the World. It also has very modest hosting requirements making it accessible to more people to host without requiring a VPS or complex server setups.

👉 Funkwhale#Funkwhale is a federated version of Soundcloud or Bandcamp for sharing your music library with other Funkwhale users and the Federation.

👉 GnuSocial — One of the original fediverse implementations of a Twitter-like service. One of the oldest projects around (ca. 2008). Far more simpler hosting requirements than other fediverse software. (PHP+MySQL)

👉 Hubzilla — The successor to Friendica, #Hubzilla took what was great about Friendica and made it all the better.

👉 Lemmy#Lemmy is a federated version of Reddit (or Digg or HackerNews). It’s a federated link-aggregator. Individuals can stand up their own servers or communities of topics.

👉 Mastodon#Mastodon came on the scene in 2016 and promised a more user-friendly experience. Coupled with some fortunate timing and early publicity it quickly became the darling of the fediverse. It’s certainly the software with the most amount of users. Marketing tends to do that to brands.

👉 Misskey — Several years before Mastodon there was #Misskey. A microblogging platform what provided features not seen in other projects and allows users to customize many aspects of their feed and timeline. Misskey still has a very passionate userbase and is still being developed.

👉 Mobilizon — A federated alternative to Facebook Events. #Mobilizon allows activist groups and organizations of all sizes to stand up a service for organizing events and meetups right here on the Federation.

👉 Peertube — Calling #PeerTube a “YouTube competitor” doesn’t do it justice. PeerTube is so much more than a competitor to YouTube. In a very real sense it’s a YouTube killer, if only more people knew about it and more people used it. PeerTube lets anybody stand up a service and then instantenously their published videos become accessible to the entire Federation (and vice versa).

👉 Pixelfed#Pixelfed is the federation’s answer to Instagram. By standing up a public or private Pixelfed server you enable yourself (or the public) to post rich multimedia content (photos and videos), “stories”, and more that instantly are accessible to the rest of the federation.

👉 Pleroma#Pleroma is a lightweight alternative to Mastodon that at the time ironically offered a more user-friendly experience than Mastodon itself and pioneered features years ago that are just now being implemented by Mastodon and other projects. Pleroma’s big claim to fame was that you could stand up a robust instance on a single RasperryPi with little trouble.

👉 WriteFreely — A blogging platform that is built to federate. #WriteFreely federates your words and your content as your write them, and your readers can follow and comment on your posts without having to leave their local timeline.

In closing let me be clear, I have nothing against Mastodon or Eugen. I think it’s a fantastic project and it is an amazing piece of software. I am thankful for the level of awareness and exposure it has given the Fediverse as a whole.

But to continue to perpetuate the misinformation that Mastodon somehow created the fediverse or that the Federation is Mastodon is something that I can’t let stand without challenge.

It’s gaslighting.

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤🤍 Updated 2022-11-10, which is the instance I operate, runs Pleroma using the SoapboxFE. (CC-BY-SA)

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@heidilifeldman @tootapp @icecubesapp @ivory I switch between FEDILAB @apps and ELK @elk , for Android. My filters from FEDILAB work within ELK, which is more slick and font size now improved. I can follow an instance, however, on FEDILAB, which is huge bonus.

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aking refuge in the Art Library one day in 1999, with rain bucketing down on the quad, Risa moved to the Oversize section and lifted down a heavy volume of prints by Hokusai. It was her first introduction to the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. The phrase "as explained by the old nurse" in Hokusai's title for his print series surprised her by moving her to tears. 1/

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At I/O 2023 Google is expected to announce new AI products and features in response to ChatGPT. As a Google user I'm supposed to be excited, but I'm not.

I don't want scifi AI stuff. I want boring tech and engineering that makes a real, consistent difference in the way I use software and devices daily.


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Normal people don't wake up at 5am going "wait did I buy diodes?!"

I'm trying to sleep here, stop worrying about keyboards, brain

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If you were affected by the #Spotify #layoff, join the alumni group on LinkedIn and we can get you invited to the private Slack group as well.

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Go Fly a Cat!

Cats have no fear of heights and Cats know they have nine lives so flying a kite is a natural way to pass the time.

Sometimes, the Cat flies the kite, and sometimes the kite flies the Cat!

Luckily, both Cats and Kites always land on their feet and tails when the ground approaches.

Take flight, my furry friend -- only gravity is stopping you from flying away!

#AI #Cats #Kites

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Random thought: large corporations have spent billions of dollars producing pop culture where the villain is an evil soul-eating corporation.

The overall effect has been to turn "evil, soul-eating corporation" into a cliche and a kind of stock villain on the same level as Smaug the Dragon, rather than something that exists and is a real-world problem.

In other words, money well spent?

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Good Morning Mastodonians from a cold and rainy #Connecticut

Here's to a good start to your work week. Be kind to yourself and to others. Cheers!

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