Understanding ActivityPub at all levels

Tips for Users

You can start with one of the main popular instances of Mastodon but, if you want to make it fun, you need to find an instance that matches your interests.

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An unofficial guide to using Mastodon and the Fediverse

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The bespoke fediverse guide

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There has recently been a huge rush of people trying out Mastodon. This is also noticeable in the number of people reading my earlier Mastodon Guide. I wanted to take this opportunity to provide a brief list of usage tips that I wish I had at hand when first setting up my Mastodon home.ℹ️This is for people who now have Mastodon accounts and have poked around a bit, but are still a bit confused about the whole experience.1) Good appsMetatext or Toot! on iOS and Tusky on Android are oft-rec

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There’s a heckuva lot of confusion about the suddenly popular Mastodon—particularly regarding server onboarding. Maybe we can help.

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Explaining the cultural dynamics that have led Mastodon to have a search engine that barely works by traditional standards.

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Breaking down a few more of the nagging Mastodon questions you might have—including why tools to schedule your posts aren’t common just yet.

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Tools for Users

Click the buttons below to give Twitodon access to your Twitter and Mastodon accounts. Don't worry, we won't be able to see your passwords - we use a secure, open standard called OAuth that provides a safe way for 3rd parties like Twitodon access to website information without divulging user passwords.

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Here is a search for people you follow mentioning “mastodon” in the last 7 days

This is a web app that helps you find out which of the people you follow on Twitter are on Mastodon/in the Fediverse already and follow all of them easily.

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Extract the fediverse handles and urls of your Twitter followings.

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https://fedified.com/

Directories

Interesting accounts to follow on Mastodon and the Fediverse

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Trunk allows you to mass-follow a bunch of people in order to getstarted with Mastodon or any otherplatform on the Fediverse.Mastodon is a free, open-source, decentralized microblogging network.

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The bespoke fediverse guide

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Joinfediverse.wiki is an encyclopedia dedicated to all things Fediverse! Fedi-what? Fediverse! It's that cool alternative social media system, that's independent of global corporations and giving you full control over your data and media.

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Delightful curated lists of free software, open science and information sources.

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Let's make social media free, federated and fun! Fediverse.Party is your guide into the world of decentralized, autonomous networks running on free open software on a myriad of servers across the world. No ads and no algorithms. Join Fediverse and become part of the new interconnected Web!

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Understanding the Protocol

← Tiny Subversions

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Dave Winer asked me to take a look at the document What is a document? I decided to put my hat on as co-editor of ActivityStreams 2.0 (AS2) and co-author of ActivityPub (AP) to see how well our def…

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Don't you miss the days when the web really was the world's greatest decentralized network? Before everything got locked down into a handful of walled gardens? So do we.

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The ActivityPub protocol is a decentralized social networking protocolbased upon the [ActivityStreams] 2.0 data format.It provides a client to server API for creating, updating and deletingcontent, as well as a federated server to server API for deliveringnotifications and content.

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Blog Posts

So you like Twitter, but you're curious about Mastodon? You've come to the right place. I'll make...

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We often tout things like “Mastodon is based on open web protocols” as one of its advantages. I want to elaborate why exactly that’s a good thing.

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Complex diagram to show flow of Mastodon posts
From: Flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines

Elon Musk laid off about half of Twitter this morning. There are many terrible stories emerging about how this went down, but one that particularly struck me was that he …

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Setting up Bridgy for Federation

At iDPI we’re agitating for a smaller future of the Internet. To illustrate this, it’s helpful to think about rooms. Offline, there are all sorts of rooms that we gather in: there are churches, bars, gyms—what we do in each of those is pretty different. Facebook is like a big conference center, with high ceilings,… Continue reading Welcome to Smalltown, a Civic Space Online

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Today, the Bonfire team is asking for *your* help with beta testing. Bonfire still needs a lot of work - be it bugs, federation, missing features, configurability and user experience - but that's the point, we decided to launch the playground at this gnarly stage with the specific intention of moving toward the 1.0 release as a community.

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The fediverse is dealing with a huge wave of Twitter people bringing toxic ideas with them.

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The network’s servers are overrun by almost half a million new sign-ups, as Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover has thrust it into the spotlight.

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I’d recently been using some fun, experimental web services, like Rob Beschizza’s txt.fyi. These sites all allowed you to post stuff online, much as Facebook or Twitter did. But they had no social…

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I’m brand new to Mastodon. Many of us are. This might suggest that we shouldn’t have opinions. But I think the opposite is true. If Mastodon is truly a decentralized platform, if itR…

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For Server Admins

This document exists to lay out some general principles of running a small social network site that have worked for me. These principles are related to community building more than they are related to specific technologies.

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Learn the traffic patterns, data, privacy, and operational patterns and findings of operating a Mastodon instance during the great Twitter exodus.

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A supported fork of Mastodon that provides local posting and a wider range of content types. - GitHub - hometown-fork/hometown: A supported fork of Mastodon that provides local posting and a wider ...

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Blocklist from Hachyderm

Helping non-technical people create their own online services

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Today we’ll be looking at how to connect the protocols powering Mastodon in the simplest way possible to enter the federated network. We will use static files, standard command-line tools, and some simple Ruby scripting, although the functionality should be easily adaptable to other programming languages.First, what’s the end goal of this exercise? We want to send a Mastodon user a message from our own, non-Mastodon server.So what are the ingredients required?

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Welcome to the documentation site for glitch-soc!glitch-soc is a friendly fork of the open-source social media software Mastodon, with the aim of providing additional features at the risk of potentially less stable software.You can browse our source code and contribute to the project on Github.

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Hosting Options

Create your own Hometown Instance

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Fedi.monster, simple and reliable Mastodon instance hosting

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Masto.host was built from the ground up to make running a Mastodon instance easy.,Fully Managed Mastodon Hosting

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Information for Webmasters

Bridgy Fed lets you interact with federated social networks like Mastodon and Hubzilla from your IndieWeb site. It translates posts, replies, likes, reposts, and follows from webmentions to federated social networking protocols like ActivityPub and OStatus, and vice versa.

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Activity Streams is a convenient and consistent way to syndicate social activities around the web.

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ActivityPub needs a minimal document to help you get some new software that interops up and running with minimal fuss. Let a thousand flowers bloom. - GitHub - scripting/reallySimpleActivityPub: Ac...

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The ActivityPub protocol is a decentralized social networking protocol based upon the ActivityStreams 2.0 data format.

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For Web Developers

An RSS to ActivityPub converter. Contribute to dariusk/rss-to-activitypub development by creating an account on GitHub.

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A starter Mastodon bot that generates random toots using Tracery

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Meeting Minutes Super nice meeting, 7 people attended. In the beginning we talked about an Ontology for the Fediverse Repository and Pages at redaktor.github.io/vocab in 4 languages Then we came to the core topic of the meeting and checked out the available alternatives for querying which included • SPARQL inkl. json-rql • GraphQL • JSON-LD Framing Using JSON-LD Framing as a Query Language | david w barratt and we weighted the Pros and Cons. The common intent to use SPARQL was clear. I...

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Journalism

Mastodon's growth isn't the only sign that some Twitter users are abandoning the platform.

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At least some people have signed up to alternative social network platform Mastodon in the wake of Musk's acquisition of Twitter.

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And the big-name brands are following closely behind.

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I quit Twitter to join a kinder, nicer, decentralized open source version of Twitter.

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In August, Facebook purged a number of anarchist news organizations and left-wing activists from the site under the guise of a larger ban targeting far-right extremists and QAnon conspiracy theorists. Following the ban, a group of anarchists created…

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The best alternatives to Twitter for people who don't want to stay on the Elon Musk-owned site.

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Interesting Mastodon Instances List

Mastodon.Art
Mastodon.lol
Writing.Exchange
Hachyderm.io
Indieweb.Social
Kolektiva.Social
Dice.Camp
Tabletop.Social
Queer.Party
hci.social
Assemblag.es
Social.Coop
People Making Games
EconTwitter
Mathstodon.xyz
Typo.Social

ActivityPub Projects

Learn more about Mastodon, the radically different, free and open-source decentralized social media platform.

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PeerTube is a decentralized video hosting network, based on free/libre software. Join the federation and take back control of your videos!

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Free and open communication for everyone. Pleroma is social networking software compatible with other Fediverse software such as Misskey,Pixelfed,Mastodon and manyothers.

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Federated Image Sharing

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Misskeyは、地球で生まれた分散マイクロブログSNSです。暫し都会の喧騒から離れて、新しいインターネットにダイブしてみませんか。

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Social Reading and Reviewing

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Owncast is your self-hosted live streaming solution.

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