The Fediverse

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Introduction

The Fediverse is a social network where people can host their own servers, called “instances.” So people own and control their own data (posts, pictures, videos)–not by social media corporations.

Powerful moderation: People can set their own rules by moderating their own instance. They can also choose what instance or choose users from other instances to block or mute.

Bonus for activists: By owning your own platform, you can’t be easily censored by the government or a social media company. Whereas in TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, people often struggle with censorship.

Free from algorithms: You might be tired of a computer controlling the posts or videos that you see. You might be seeing the same, old type of things because of an algorithm. On the Fediverse, posts are only ordered chronologically. So you can easily discover new and fresh things, people, and ideas.

Healthier online life: The Fediverse has options to hide statistics like follower/repost/like/reply counts from you or even from other people. There are also other options to curtail addictive social media use.

The Fediverse is social media where control is given to the people, not a company.

As I am writing this post, the Fediverse has 4 million accounts.


Familiarize yourself

Two users who are dedicated to recommending people to follow:

Manually curated resources:

You might notice that the instances come in the form of different websites. They also might look different because they use different platforms. They all still connect together.


Further explanation

The different platforms of the Fediverse is like the different email sites (Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, etc.). Even if someone uses Gmail, they can still send/receive emails with someone using Yahoo! Mail. The Fediverse works the same way.

For example: mastodon.art and edolas.world are two different websites (AKA instances), but you can still follow and interact with people on either of them, no matter which one you choose to sign up on. You might also notice that the two websites look different. That’s because they use different software (again, they still connect!).

These software are:

This means that if you don’t like the features or look of one of the software, you can look for an instance that uses a different software :)


Learn more

This article condenses how the Fediverse works. If you want to learn about it more in-depth, you can check out these resources:


Fediverse tools