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NextCloud is a really good privacy-friendly alternative to Google Drive, Dropbox, Google Calendar and many other online services.

You don't need any tech knowledge to use it!

The easiest way to sign up for Nextcloud is to use their official "Simple sign-up" page, which directs people to their preferred providers:

https://nextcloud.com/signup

(Of course, if you are good with tech you can self-host if you prefer 👍)

You can follow them on here at:

@nextcloud

#Nextcloud #GoogleDrive #Alternatives
Simple sign-up for hosted Nextcloud
 
If you want people to find your public posts on Mastodon or the rest of the Fediverse, there's something important you need to know:

📣 USE HASHTAGS!

For privacy reasons, the only way to search for posts on here is by hashtag. If you don't include tags, no one will see your post in searches.

Hashtags have to be spelt exactly, so #MastoTip and #MastoTips would bring up two separate sets of results. Include multiple tags if you're not sure.

More MastoTips:
https://mastodon.at/@switchingsocial/tagged/mastotips

#Mastodon
 
#Manyverse is an Android app for the #Scuttlebutt social network.

Scuttlebutt works differently to other social networks, it has no servers and your personal data is stored on your device. (Scuttlebutt and Manyverse are of course free and open software too! 👍 )

It's still slightly tricky to use, but Manyverse is trying to make it easier. You can find out more at:

https://www.manyver.se

and follow them on the Fediverse at:

@manyver_se

with the lead developer at:

@staltz

#Alternatives
 
Want to run a blog on the Fediverse, which people can follow from Mastodon etc?

There are several platforms which let you do this:

Write Freely
https://writefreely.org/
@write_as

Plume
https://joinplu.me/

ActivityPub plugin for Wordpress
https://wordpress.org/plugins/activitypub/
@pfefferle

Pterotype plugin for Wordpress
https://wordpress.org/plugins/pterotype/
@jdormit

#Blogs #Blogging #Medium #Alternatives #Wordpress
 
Manyverse is an Android app for the Scuttlebutt social network.

Scuttlebutt is very unusual: it has no servers. All the data people share is stored on their own devices, and on the devices of people they share it with.

It's also unusual because it can work off-the-grid, via bluetooth or local wifi.

Manyverse is available from @fdroidorg and Google Play, and there's an iOS version on the way:

https://www.manyver.se

You can follow Manyverse at:

@manyver_se

#Scuttlebutt #Alternatives
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Instagram alternative #PixelFed's flagship instance pixelfed.social is now permanently closed to new registrations in order to prevent centralisation.

You can still sign up to PixelFed, just pick another instance.

Here are some we'd recommend:

https://pix.diaspodon.fr
https://pxlfd.me/
https://pixelfed.de/

You can find more at:
https://fediverse.network/pixelfed

PixelFed instances federate with the Fediverse, so you can follow PF accounts from Mastodon etc.

#Alternatives #DeleteInstagram
 
As it's the 10th anniversary of Minecraft, a reminder that there's a free open alternative called Minetest:

https://www.minetest.net/

You can follow it on the Fediverse at:

@Minetest

It has many game modes including online multiplayer servers.

#Minetest #Minecraft #Minecraft10Years #Alternatives #FLOSS
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Do you want to help shape open federated alternatives like @pixelfed, @prismo , @anfora and @funkwhale ?

You can do so very easily at:

https://socialhub.network/

It's a set of forums where anyone can give feedback and ideas for these projects directly to the developers. You don't need to be a coder to take part.

#Fediverse #Alternatives #ActivityPub #FLOSS #OpenSource
 
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If you have an #Android smartphone, you might want to try installing the @fdroidorg app store.

F-Droid is an alternative app store that only carries apps that respect your privacy.

To install it, go here on your Android phone:

https://f-droid.org

Click on Download F-Droid to start. (You may need to allow installation of unknown apps, either when prompted or in settings.)

For a more in-depth look at #alternatives on F-Droid, see @ChrisWere's video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c2GTbXYknI

#DeleteGoogle
 
There's an amazing number of #ActivityPub #alternatives now available or under development:

Twitter -> @Mastodon and #Pleroma

Instagram -> @pixelfed and @anfora

YouTube -> #PeerTube ( @Chocobozzz )

Soundcloud -> @funkwhale

MeetUp -> @GetTogetherComm

Medium -> #Plume ( @BaptisteGelez )

Reddit -> @prismo and Anancus ( @tuxether )

LinkedIn -> @cloutstream

Google Calendar -> @calendar_social

Anything missing from the list? What else is needed?

#Federation #Fediverse
 
The blogging platform #Plume aims to be a federated open source alternative to #Medium, and is under active development.

It's still at a pre-Alpha stage, but you can get regular updates from the lead developer at @BaptisteGelez (the account is on a Plume instance but it federates through #ActivityPub, so you can follow it on Mastodon etc).

There's a demo Plume instance at:

https://baptiste.gelez.xyz/

Developers can find out more here:

https://github.com/Plume-org/Plume/issues

#Blogging #Blogs #Alternatives
 
Some more #Alternatives to follow on #FollowFriday:

@lib_reviews Lib.reviews: Building an open alternative to Yelp

@pixelfed PixelFed: Ethical alternative to Instagram, launching very soon

@mhall119 GetTogether: Account of the lead developer on an alternative to MeetUp.com

@openstreetmap OpenStreetMap: The open source mapping project, mirrored on the OSM English instance 🗺️

@inventaire Inventaire: An open source book exchange site, you make new friends and lend each other books 📚

#FF #FFed
 
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