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.
Two users who are dedicated to recommending people to follow:
Mastodon•ART 🎨 Curator shares posts from artists.
FediFollows recommends free/interesting software accounts and interesting people of a variety of interests.
Manually curated resources:
Trunk is a manually managed list of people on the Fediverse who volunteer to be listed under categories of interests.
fediverse.party has an extensive list of instances with concise descriptions. If you have trouble figuring out which instance to join the Fediverse through, this is a great place to start.
Mastodon instances is an extensive list of Mastodon instances. Some have short descriptions written by the instance’s owner. (Mastodon is part of the Fediverse. Read on if you’re confused.)
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.
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:
Mastodon: the most popular software. For microblogging.
Pleroma: similar to Mastodon with more extensive features.
Misskey: another similar software with even more extensive features, but the least used/popular.
Pixelfed: photography/image posting.
Peertube: video publishing.
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 :)
This article condenses how the Fediverse works. If you want to learn about it more in-depth, you can check out these resources:
Getting Started With Mastodon: the beginner’s guide to Mastodon.
Resources for Mastodon newbies: a collection of guides about Mastodon specifically. Contains guides for both the layperson and the technically inclined.
fediverse.party: About Fediverse: an introductory guide to the Fediverse for the slightly technically inclined. Contains pages describing each software that is part of it.
Awesome Fediverse: a guide to the Fediverse for the more technically inclined.
fediverse.space: visualize the network of instances.
RSS to ActivityPub Converter: turn any RSS feed into a profile you can follow on the Fediverse (allows you to follow Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Tumblr accounts).
Mastovue: view an instance’s local timeline.
fedimojis.feuerfuchs.dev: display or download an instance’s emojis.
forget: Mastodon automatic post deletion service.
yeetdelete: Pleroma post deleting script inspired by forget.
Pleroma Theme Repository: download Pleroma themes.