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The Fediverse is more than just Mastodon! :fediverse:

If you like to share photos you might want to check out @pixelfed, an Instagram-style photo sharing network on the Fediverse.

You can find out more and sign up at:

pixelfed.org

PixelFed uses the same federation protocol as Mastodon, which means Mastodon users can follow people on PixelFed and vice versa. You can try following a PixelFed account right now such as @Iancylkowski or @JoseMel or @connyduck

You can use PixelFed through a web browser, and there are also free open Android apps like @PixelDroid and FediLab (@apps).

If you love books, the best part of the Fediverse is probably @bookwyrm, a GoodReads-style social reading network.

More info and sites to sign up on are at:

joinbookwyrm.com

Because it uses the same ActivityPub protocol that powers the rest of the Fediverse, you can follow BookWyrm accounts from Mastodon etc.

For example, the lead developer of BookWyrm has an account at @mouse

The best place to watch and share videos on the Fediverse is @peertube

You can find out more including places to sign up at:

joinpeertube.org

Just like the rest of the Fediverse, PeerTube uses ActivityPub protocols, so you can follow and interact with PeerTube from Mastodon etc.

For example, you could follow @craftykat or @chriswere or @mrfunkedude and interact with their videos entirely from within Mastodon.

Good instances to explore include:

tilvids.com
share.tube
greatview.video
vidcommons.org
diode.zone
tube.tchncs.de
video.blender.org
media.privacyinternational.org
conf.tube
video-cave-v2.de

You can create your own PeerTube site without tech knowledge through managed hosting services like federation.spacebear.ee and cloud68.co/instances.html

There's a dedicated free open source PeerTube app called TubeLab available through @fdroidorg and Google Play.

p.s. You can see interesting videos from PeerTube recommended on my other account at @FediVideos

If you would like a more Facebook-style interface on the Fediverse, maybe you should try Friendica:

friendi.ca

As it uses the ActivityPub protocol, you can follow and interact with accounts on Mastodon etc from Friendica, and vice versa.

You can also follow RSS feeds as if they were Fediverse accounts, and when an RSS item is published on that feed it will appear in your timeline as if it's a Fediverse post.

You can write very long posts on Friendica, you don't have to worry about character limits.

You can use Friendica accounts through the FediLab app, available on @fdroidorg and Google Play.

You can follow the latest news about Friendica on its official blog at @news

If you just want to post long text articles on the Fediverse, a good option is @writefreely which has an official website at:

writefreely.org

It features a minimalist interface to avoid distracting from the text itself, and is sort of like a Fediverse alternative to Medium.

Because it's part of the Fediverse, you can follow WriteFreely accounts from Mastodon etc.

You can find sites to sign up on at:

writefreely.org/instances

It works entirely through your web browser, or you can use an app from writefreely.org/apps

You can also create your own instance without technical knowledge through a managed hosting service such writefreely.host or cloud68.co/instances.html

If you have a blog powered by WordPress, you can connect it to the Fediverse so that people on Mastodon etc can follow your blog, comment on posts and share them.

You will need to install a free open source plugin called ActivityPub For WordPress:

wordpress.org/plugins/activity

Note that WordPress the platform is different from wordpress.com the hosting site. Wordpress.com does not allow installation of this kind of plugin (unless you pay an expensive fee).

But you don't need to use wordpress.com to use WordPress! Because WordPress is free open source software, much every hosting provider in the world offers a WordPress site for a few dollars a month, and this kind of indpendently hosted WordPress is what the plugin will work on.

The Fediverse has a platform dedicated to storing and sharing music and podcasts called @funkwhale. You can find out more including how to join at:

funkwhale.audio

There's also a demo instance at:

open.audio

Because Funkwhale is part of the Fediverse, you can follow its accounts from Mastodon etc. For example, the account @bytebitmusic_chiptunes is on Funkwhale.

Funkwhale is compatible with many different apps including those using the Subsonic standard. There's a list at funkwhale.audio/en_US/apps

You can create your own Funkwhale instance without any tech knowledge using managed hosting services such as cloud68.co/instances/funkwhale or weingaertner-it.de/index.php/p

You can organise events and groups on the Fediverse using @mobilizon, a free open source federated events platform from the makers of PeerTube. More info on the official website at:

joinmobilizon.org

There's also a list of recommended instances to sign up on at:

mobilizon.org

If you just want to try it out, there's a test site at demo.mobilizon.org which is reset every 24 hours.

You can follow Mobilizon accounts from Mastodon etc. For example, @radio27 is a Mobilizon account that recommends psychedelic rock concerts in Berlin.

Alternatively, Mobilizon accounts can also be followed through RSS/Atom or ICS/WebCal if preferred.

I thought of creating a new fedi account to share my DIY and gardening stuff with the fediverse. One picture tells more than thousandthousand words, so I'm sure pixelfed is the place to go 😉

@moe

That sounds like a really good idea, there are lots of gardeners on the Fedi!

(Here are a few recommendations for example mastodon.online/@FediFollows/t )

@feditips with this and other fesiverse things you post, is there a way to use the other services with an existing Mastodon account or do the each require a unique account?

@technicalissues

It depends on what you mean by "use"!

You can follow, like, reply etc with people on other platforms from within Mastodon. If you post an image in Mastodon, it will appear as a photo post to people in PixelFed. If you reply to a PeerTube video within Mastodon, it will appear as a comment below that video in PeerTube etc.

Because Fedi platforms use the same protocol to talk to each other, the Fediverse blurs the line between platforms.

Some Fedi platforms have features that are only accessible to people with an account on that platform, for example posting a video on PeerTube or reviewing a book on BookWyrm.

Because each Fediverse account is for the site you signed up on, you would need separate accounts to get access to all the features on each platform, but at least some interaction is usually possible without separate accounts.

@feditips thanks. I was hoping it was more like single sign on where I could register for an account on another platform within the fediverse and authenticate with this one instead of the two being totally standalone.

@technicalissues

There's no single sign on because the Fedi is made up of thousands of independently owned and run sites. (And this is deliberate, to stop anyone buying or interfering with the Fediverse.)

Having said that, you can use your existing account with different interfaces. For example, Pinafore (pinafore.social/) lets you log into your existing Mastodon with a totally different interface. In theory, I guess there could be a range of different interfaces for use with the same account, including those interfaces used by other platforms?

@feditips The different interfaces with the same account would make for a better user experience in my opinion. The SSO bit can work fine in the decentralized model since accounts are qualified with the domain of their home within the fediverse… and, in fact, Pinafore is an example of this working. Maybe things like #Bookwyrm and #Pixelfed will enable a similar login option that builds on what Mastodon client interfaces do today.

@feditips Conceptually, it’s no different than all the random websites that present a “log in with ______ account” link today that calls out to said third party site, validates credentials, and then let’s you in.

@Mek101
Keep in mind I haven’t used FB in over 5 years, but no it’s organized similar to other ActivityPub platforms, just with a more macro-blog feel. Home timeline, local timeline, federated timeline function pretty much the same. The interface will likely feel dated compared to FB, but if you can navigate Mastodon you can navigate Friendica.
@feditips @fdroidorg @news

@Mek101 no I'd say it's a very powerful tool! Check out this small presentation about it: trom.tf/social/

@feditips @writefreely
Does it support RSS so I can subscribe without authentication/tracking?

@feditips
I used this and suddenly all my post are gone, see blogs.b86.org/bildbeschreibung
Is there a list of instances that are not likely to get this problem, @writefreely ?

@taylan @feditips wordpress.com hosts only small percent of all WP sites. Don't blame milions of selfhosted WP blogs owners for not-their-fault. They are all potential members of fediverse.

@feditips Just upgraded our organisation's WP site with the ActivityPub plugin... not sure how to tell if it's working :)

@lightweight

If you're having problems with the plugin, maybe the developer @pfefferle might be able to help?

@feditips @pfefferle to be fair, I haven't spent much time looking into it, but I have enabled the ActivityPub plugin on oerfoundation.org - perhaps one of you can tell me if it's working :) (and how to check it)... or I'll have a closer look at the plugin docs when I get a minute 😅

@lightweight @feditips @pfefferle seems to be OK. I can (from mastodon and friendica) find posts by url and follow author.

@miklo @feditips @pfefferle cool :) - yeah, just managed to follow myself and my colleague there (and on coep.nz)...

@lightweight @feditips @pfefferle Comment is visible from mastodon but not on you site. maybe some correction in page template are needed.

@lightweight @miklo @pfefferle

If you search for oerfoundation.org/author/macki within Mastodon, it will bring up that user's profile and post.

If you can't see any posts, try searching for the URL of a post instead of the URL of the user. For example, try searching for oerfoundation.org/2021/11/03/f

@feditips Currently I use "Mastodon Autopost" (de.wordpress.org/plugins/autop), but the idea to forward to any federative sites is quite intersting!

@feditips @mobilizon @radio27 I love how you promote the more "niche" parts of the #Fediverse! It's always super cool to see platforms that I've never heard of!

@feditips @mobilizon @radio27 I set up a Mobilizon instance a month or two ago. Works great, only took a few minutes (via Docker) on a cloud computing instance. Works great!

@feditips given how fast blogs die, this should be included by default to reach at least some kind of visibility right off the start.

@feditips @writefreely Are you able to search for writefreely blogs? Because it's hard to discover them and I don't know if I'm missing something?

@Nyla_Smokeyface @writefreely

You can search for them the same way you would search for any Fediverse account.

@feditips @bookwyrm @mouse I'm loving that Goodreads alternative. In fact, I will use it so often and even put in my recommendations to my friends everywhere. However, I have issues with the interface: cannot find how to add books in a easy way. Is there any tutorial online where I could visit and study? I need it ASAP. have a great day !

@Aldi80s We don't have a tutorial yet, unfortunately! But you can add books by searching for the title and author, and if it isn't available, there's a link at the bottom of the search page to "Manually add book" -- the page is bookwyrm.social/create-book or /create-book on any instance

@Technical Issues So your idea is to use one sign-on for different services on the same domain?

I mean, rather than using your #Mastodon login from one domain to log into #Pixelfed on an entirely different domain and into #PeerTube or #Hubzilla or #WriteFreely on yet another domain?
Could not see any fediverse accounts on the web site.

Don't forget diaspora and hubzilla...;)
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