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If you want to repost any of these hints in your own language, please feel free!

They are meant to be spread as far as possible πŸ‘

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You can discover interesting accounts to follow on Mastodon and the rest of the Fediverse at:

➑️ @FediFollows

You can watch interesting videos from across the Fediverse at:

➑️ @FediVideos

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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 (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.

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 (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.

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Friendica is a social network platform for the Fediverse with a Facebook-style interface. As well as being compatible with Fediverse platforms such as Mastodon etc, it also works with many other standards, for example you can add RSS feeds to your timeline.

The official site is at:

friendi.ca

There's a list of public instances at dir.friendica.social/servers,

If you are technically skilled, you can install your own instance using the instructions at friendi.ca/resources/installat

You can use Friendica through the Fediverse app FediLab (fedilab.app).

Friendica is a social network platform for the Fediverse with a Facebook-style interface. As well as being compatible with Fediverse platforms such as Mastodon etc, it also works with many other standards, for example you can add RSS feeds to your timeline.

The official site is at:

friendi.ca

There's a list of public instances at dir.friendica.social/servers,

If you are technically skilled, you can install your own instance using the instructions at friendi.ca/resources/installat

You can use Friendica through the Fediverse app FediLab (fedilab.app).

PeerTube is a video sharing platform for the Fediverse, a free open decentralised alternative to YouTube.

You can find out more at:

joinpeertube.org

PeerTube federates with the rest of the Fediverse, so you can follow PeerTube accounts from Mastodon etc and share videos, comment on them, like them etc too.

Here's an example account you can follow: @craftykat

PeerTube works in a really clever way: if lots of people watch the same video at the same time, they transmit the video to each other by peer-to-peer. This means even if a video goes viral, the PeerTube site that hosts it doesn't crash. Even small sites can provide videos for a large audience.

This is explained in an official animation:

tilvids.com/w/gMdn3DYqBUmbCuSs

If you're non-techy, you can make your own PT instance on a managed hosting service like federation.spacebear.ee

If you're techy, you can install your own PT instance with these instructions: github.com/Chocobozzz/PeerTube

BookWyrm is a book reading platform for the Fediverse, like a federated alternative to Goodreads. It lets people keep track of what they're reading, post reviews and read other people's reviews.

There's more info on the website at joinbookwyrm.com and the project's account at @bookwyrm

You can find a list of instances to join at joinbookwyrm.com/instances

If you're technically skilled, you can install your own instance using the instructions at docs.joinbookwyrm.com/installi

Mobilizon is an event organising platform for the Fediverse, a free open source alternative to Facebook Events.

You can find out more at:

joinmobilizon.org/en

Mobilizon instances federate with the rest of the Fediverse, so people on Mastodon can follow Mobilizon accounts and see their latest events.

You can join an existing instance, there's a list of instances at instances.joinmobilizon.org

If you're technically skilled, you can create your own instance using the instructions at docs.joinmobilizon.org/adminis

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:

funkwhale.audio

If you just want to try an instance, the creative commons archive open.audio is a good starting point.

You can follow FunkWhale users from the Fediverse, for example theserverroomshow@open.audio

Techy people can install their own instance by following the instructions at docs.funkwhale.audio/installat

Non-techy people can own their own instance by using a managed hosting service such as cloud68.co/instances/funkwhale, federation.spacebear.ee or weingaertner-it.de

You can connect existing WordPress blogs to the Fediverse by using this plugin:

wordpress.org/plugins/activity

It lets people on Mastodon etc follow your blog, comment, like and share its posts.

You can also find it in the plugins section of your WordPress blog, search for "ActivityPub" (all one word).

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Another Medium alternative on the Fediverse is Plume, which is also a federated long form text platform.

Plume's status is slightly unclear as the official website has a message on the front page saying the project is not currently maintained: joinplu.me

Can anyone give an update on what's going on there?

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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.

The official site is at writefreely.org, you can also follow them at @writefreely

You can find instances to sign up on at writefreely.org/instances

There are apps available at writefreely.org/apps

If you are techy, there's instructions for self-hosting an instance at writefreely.org/start

If you aren't techy, you can still make your own Write Freely instance by using writefreely.host

PixelFed has just reached 50k users on 186 instances! πŸ₯³

If you haven't tried it yet, you can find out more from the official site at:

pixelfed.org

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:

f-droid.org/packages/org.pixel

If you don't have F-Droid yet, here are instructions on how to install it:

switching.software/use/f-droid

Spectra is a new PeerTube instance run by Fediverse veteran @sean, which focuses on curated content with responsible moderation.

If you are a video creator searching for a PeerTube home, have a look:

spectra.video

p.s. Sean also runs a PD/creative commons archive instance at vidcommons.org

PixelFed now supports viewing text-only posts, by going to:

Settings > Timelines > Show text-only posts

This lets you see text-only posts in your timeline made by Fediverse accounts you follow through PixelFed.

(Due to its photo-oriented nature, PixelFed hides text-only Fediverse posts by default.)

There's an alternative version of Mastodon called "Mastodon Glitch Edition" (aka "glitch-soc" or just "Glitch"). Glitch is totally compatible with normal Mastodon, but adds experimental new features.

For example, Glitch instances let the admin alter the character limit, allow local posting, text formatting and lots of other stuff.

Many features in Glitch have eventually made their way into normal Mastodon after proving themselves stable and useful.

You can find out more at:

glitch-soc.github.io/docs/

If you run your own Mastodon instance you can switch to Glitch, and switch back again if you don't like it.

(You may be wondering how this post is so long? It's because FediTips is on an instance that uses Glitch, and the instance character limit has been extended to 1000.)

You can create your own PeerTube instance without technical knowledge by using a managed hosting service such as Spacebear:

federation.spacebear.ee

Managed hosting means you own and run the instance, but the hosting company does the technical stuff behind the scenes like software installation and upgrades.

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