If you’ve been keep­ing up with the web at all in the past two years, you’re no doubt at least some­what famil­iar with the terms “Mastodon,” “Dias­po­ra,” or “fed­er­at­ed social.” Extra­tone read­ers may remem­ber my inter­view with Eugen Rochko last April — the day when his fed­er­at­ed social “clone” made its way around the front pages of the major tech­nol­o­gy and tech media web­sites. Though the piece itself was designed and writ­ten quite dis­as­trous­ly (gen­uine­ly sor­ry about that — it was easy for me to get car­ried away when I had no idea what I was car­ry­ing,) Eugen is a great com­mu­ni­ca­tor of his ide­al, which you’ll find to be as aligned with a FOSS future as you’d think it would be.

I signed up for mastodon.social in the Feb­ru­ary of last year, yet I sup­pose year sof o find myself going back to Twit­ter look­ing for what I only get on Mastodon, these days: diverse, sin­cere, tal­ent­ed, and extreme­ly curi­ous users from all over the world backed and deeply co-habi­tat­ed with an inclu­sive devel­op­er cul­ture filled with smart prob­lem solvers who just want to con­tribute some­thing grand. It’s not exact­ly easy, yet instances and vari­a­tions on the Activ­i­ty­Hub project, itself have begun spring­ing up at a pace I can’t keep up with. There’s the open-source fed­er­at­ed blog­ging CMS Plume, along with the gor­geous and very promis­ing Insta­gram-esque Pix­elFed. Addi­tion­al­ly, Dias­po­ra is gor­geous and ful­ly-func­tion­al now.

Directory of my accounts across the Fediverse