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Talk: Products vs Protocols (FOSDEM 2021)

Recorded talk at FOSDEM 2021 (online edition) about the differences between building a protocol and building a product, the trade-offs, and introducing a new product-led approach for XMPP.

#xmpp #snikket #fossdem #peertube #foss

I like the term "Fediverse", because it's a portmanteau of "federation", "universe" and "diverse", and I think that describes it quite accurately ☺️

Do you want to move your Mastodon account, but you don't want to lose your followers?

✅ You can transfer your followers from one Mastodon instance to another by following these steps:

1️⃣ Log into the NEW account on the new instance you want to move to. Go to Edit Profile > Moving From A Different Account > Create An Account Alias

2️⃣ Log into the OLD account on the old instance. Go to Edit Profile > Moving To A Different Account > Configure It Here

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Followers

Is there a general #ActivityPub implementation that can serve as catch-all backend which can then be used by different looking frontends (twitter-like, instagram-like, etc)?

Do you want to restrict the audience for some of your toots?

✅ Mastodon lets you control who can see your posts. When writing the message, click on the 🌎 below to adjust the post's visibility.

If you choose "Direct" the message becomes a DM, sent to anyone mentioned within it with an @

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Privacy #Visibility #DMs

New blogpost "there is no taking back your words on the fediverse".

On why KISS is a security and privacy feature. (and why flockingbird does not plan to add feature X)

@flockingbird I wouldn't worry about the gig thing, I'm probably not a typical user of LinkedIn? But, I would worry it's going to be a HUGE target for people mining to fill their inhouse CRM with leads for cold calls/emails/whatevers. So, maybe a privacy step on "request contact information" will be key.

What are your favorite blogs that write about the fediverse or activitypub?

Do you want more people to notice your posts on Mastodon and the Fediverse?

✅ Use hashtags on your public posts if you want people to find them. For privacy reasons, the only way to search on Mastodon is by hashtag, so if there are no hashtags the posts will not appear in search results.

It is totally ok to use lots of hashtags if your posts deals with lots of different topics! Don't be embarassed to have a list of hashtags at the end 😄

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Fediverse #Hashtags

I created this "Maslow's hierarchy of jobs" about 20 years go. Iv'e found to be good guide for when was time to move on (or stay). If you're failing at one or more of the lower 5 levels (pay not likely to continue, getting paid but nobody cares what you do) might be time to find a more productive gig.

You probably won't see this from HR in goals setting and performance management sessions.

The FOSS Mastodon/Friendica/PixelFed/Pleroma app Fedilab and the FOSS PeerTube app TubeLab now have a new combined official account. You can follow them both at:

➡️ @apps

(This also includes news about other apps by the same author such as UntrackMe and OpenMultiMaps.)

Their official website is at

The apps are available from @fdroidorg and Google Play

#FediLab #TubeLab #Apps #Fediverse #FOSS #Mastodon #PeerTube #Friendica #PixelFed #Pleroma

Feel like contributing to our open source project? We have a list of tasks that we feel would be a good first contribution. Check it on our GitHub:

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Are you looking for more people to follow on Mastodon and the Fediverse?

✅ @FediFollows posts handpicked interesting accounts to follow, while #Trunk is an opt-in directory of Fediverse users looking for new followers.

FediFollows has a directory organised by topic at:

Trunk has a directory organised by topic at:

#FediTips #Fediverse #MastoTips #Follows #Following

As requested (by a.o. @lxzio and @zleap ) we started with a place to discuss ideas, features and concepts:

The main features for Flockingbird are there now. More are following soon.

Feel free to drop your ideas, thoughts, ideas in either new tickets or as comments on the existing.

If comments don't work, we might move it to a wiki instead; this is new for us too.

Obviously a PM or mention on mastodon also works if you have feedback or ideas.

@flockingbird yes I did mean a way to get pubic opinions. It doesn't matter if its GH issues. it just need to be a place where people can discuss.

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Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.