There are lots of Fediverse apps on @fdroidorg, the free open alternative to Google Play. Some Fediverse apps are exclusive to F-Droid!
Unlike Google Play, F-Droid apps are all free, open source and privacy-friendly.
F-Droid can be installed on any Android phone. It's slightly tricky to install because Google tries to block any alternative app stores. However, once it's been installed it is just as easy to use as Google Play.
There are some simple step-by-step F-Droid installation instructions here:
You can find out more about F-Droid on its official site at https://f-droid.org
Mastodon is by far the most widely used Fediverse platform with millions of users. Its official site contains lots of useful info:
Maybe the most useful is the official list of Mastodon instances to join, which all commit to a covenant of reliable maintenance and responsible moderation:
There are thousands more instances out there, but the official list is the safest starting point.
If you are tech savvy and thinking of installing your own instance, there is an interesting unofficial variation of Mastodon called Glitch. Glitch is completely compatible with normal Mastodon, but has some useful additional features:
Although Mastodon is the biggest platform on the Fediverse, it is not the only one. Many of the people you interact with on here are actually on PixelFed, PeerTube etc.
Click on a person's profile picture to see what their home platform looks like.
Hey there, this is a bit meta but think I need to clarify what my accounts are for:
@feditips (this one) posts hints about using the Fediverse, including Mastodon, PixelFed etc.
@FediFollows recommends accounts to follow on the Fediverse, covering all kinds of topics.
The only reason a lot of FediFollows recommendations are computing-related is because that's the biggest topic on the Fediverse right now. If the Fediverse become more diverse, I will be able to give more diverse recommendations. I try to promote non-techy accounts when I find them, to help the diversity grow.
FediFollows tends to recommend accounts that focus on one topic, rather than general personal accounts. The best place to find general personal accounts is Trunk (https://communitywiki.org/trunk).
@FediVideos boosts interesting videos posted on the Fediverse. At the moment that means PeerTube, but if another Fediverse video platform appears then I'd boost that too.
Briar is a free open source encrypted peer-to-peer messaging system. You can use it over the internet through @torproject or locally through wifi and bluetooth. You can follow the "not yet official" account at:
The Briar app is available from @fdroidorg and Google Play. A desktop PC app is in development.
The project website is at https://briarproject.org
@jcbrand Your jobs are my dream: development and electronic music. But please fix conversejs. Account not opening with Tor.
FunkWhale is an audio network for the Fediverse. You can upload music, podcasts or any other audio, and interact with others across the Fediverse.
The official website has more info:
If you just want to try an instance, the creative commons archive https://open.audio is a good starting point.
You can follow FunkWhale users from the Fediverse, for example firstname.lastname@example.org
Techy people can install their own instance by following the instructions at https://docs.funkwhale.audio/installation
Gajim 1.4 Preview: Workspaces
The Gajim team has been hard at work in the past months to prepare the next v1.4 release. The upcoming version brings a major interface redesign. In this post, we explain how the new interface works and what remains to be decided or implemented before the release.
Write Freely is a writing platform on the Fediverse, sort of like a Fedi version of Medium.
It lets you write long form texts on the Fediverse, and people can follow your Write Freely account, so they see your latest posts.
You can find instances to sign up on at https://writefreely.org/instances
There are apps available at https://writefreely.org/apps
If you are techy, there's instructions for self-hosting an instance at https://writefreely.org/start
If you aren't techy, you can still make your own Write Freely instance by using https://writefreely.host
PixelFed has just reached 50k users on 186 instances! 🥳
If you haven't tried it yet, you can find out more from the official site at:
It's a Fediverse alternative to Instagram, and federates with Mastodon etc. so millions of people across the Fediverse can follow PixelFed accounts.
PixelFed has an unofficial Android app called @PixelDroid. It's currently in beta testing, you can get it from F-Droid:
If you don't have F-Droid yet, here are instructions on how to install it:
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