Lemmy VS Mastodon

Compare Lemmy vs Mastodon and see what are their differences.

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Lemmy Mastodon
173 254
5,850 26,365
3.9% 1.4%
9.5 9.8
2 days ago 2 days ago
Rust Ruby
GNU Affero General Public License v3.0 GNU Affero General Public License v3.0
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For example, an activity of 9.0 indicates that a project is amongst the top 10% of the most actively developed projects that we are tracking.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Lemmy. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-13.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Mastodon. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-26.
  • Ask HN: Why does the modern web hate users?
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 26 Jan 2022
  • DDLC+ iceberg in a nutshell
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/DDLC | 25 Jan 2022
    If you'd like to give it a look, so far the most successful social network that is not built with profit as motivation seems to be Mastodon. It's open source, decentralized and I've heard it described as being sonewhat lioe Twitter, but your feed is just a chonological order of the posts from accounts you're subscribed to. Also LBRY as an alternative to YouTube.
  • 2FA security theater?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/Mastodon | 21 Jan 2022
  • My experience when recommending Linux or the Fediverse to people
    1 project | reddit.com/r/linuxmemes | 15 Jan 2022
    Official website: https://joinmastodon.org/
  • GME Jungle Discord is ready for some trusted members. Drop a comment here and I will dm you an invite link!
    1 project | reddit.com/r/GMEJungle | 14 Jan 2022
    Have you thought about Mastodon? Community owned and operated, just need to spool up the instance somewhere.
  • Ape comes with buzzword-laden bullshit idea for a new forum. "It's fucking clever", apparently.
    1 project | reddit.com/r/gme_meltdown | 12 Jan 2022
    Suddenly remembered mastadon was a thing 🦧
  • Felt like this needed more eyes on it… with regards to the post about a financial sponsor of Reddit making it on the board of shitadel… somebody is out there that can make this happen
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/Superstonk | 12 Jan 2022
    What about hosting our own server using https://joinmastodon.org/ . I am ready to chip in towards the cost of server
  • Decentralized Music Distribution
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/Rad_Decentralization | 10 Jan 2022
    The Fediverse is a made up of a bunch of social platforms that federate with each other and that all employ the ActivityPub protocol. Put simply, this means that people signed if I'm hosting Funkwhale on my server, I can follow someone's account on a different server and like and of their posts, they'll be able to do the same with mine. Platforms on the fediverse can also interact with one another. The microblogging (small posts like Twitter) platform Mastodon is also part of the Fediverse, and from it I can follow someone's Funkwhale account and see whenever they post a new song in my timeline. I can also follow anyone else on a platform that implements Activitypub because our platforms agree a set of standard interactions to share. Some more examples of Fediverse projects are PeerTube (similar to YouTube) and Pixelfed (similar to Instagram).
  • The current crisis of public debate and Big Tech and an opportunity: Brave-powered services for open social media ?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/BATProject | 10 Jan 2022
    I guess I don't need to reveal much about the current events regarding major tech companies and social platforms censoring a certain Orange Guy. What I like to talk about is how companies like Brave could turn this into a great opportunity. The idea is simple: Brave, Inc can offer Brave-branded services for users that wish to get away from Big Tech (Twitter, Facebook, Google) and migrate into the fediverse, which is an open, decentralized alternative to have social media services that are not controlled by a single entity. Systems that are based on ActivityPub work like email: users with accounts on one server can communicate with any servers on any other server. There is no "wallet garden" and no "lock-in". If a user is not happy with the service from one server, they can migrate their account to another one. It also allows people to run their server, if they so wish, which gives them absolute control over their own social media and communications. So, let me dream a little and see how this could be offered: 1. Brave sets up an instance of either Mastodon or Pleroma and announces they are joining the Fediverse. Anyone can create‍ an account and be "[email protected]". 1. This instance is based on a freemium model: Advertisers can bid on an hourly/daily message that gets broadcast for every user in the brave server, but those that pay for the service (with BAT) can switch that off. (Of course, it is a given that no ad there will track its users, and users should be able to block the ad account if they really don't want to see any ads) 1. Brave can use this as a way to start their own KYC process. Users that want to get a blue checkmark can pay some BAT to do the KYC and get verified. KYC'd users would be able to cash out directly to their ethereum wallet. Bye Uphold! This is not about trying to attract the diaspora of Orange Guy's supporters from Twitter and the idea is not to have Brave become a refuge for hate speech. Let the real deplorables go to Gab or Parler. Moderation and prevention of abuse should still be expected, and to avoid bad actors Brave could even introduce some kind of fine (BAT-based of course) for its users who are abusing to system to uncivilized discourse. The idea is to establish Brave as a full-on alternative to Big Tech, based on open technology and that still preserves users' privacy. It would make the BAT ecosystem stronger and more useful. It would make Brave relevant even for people that don't know/don't care about the browser.
  • Mastodon Project Governance and Transparency
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 8 Jan 2022

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Lemmy and Mastodon you can also consider the following projects:

diaspora* - A privacy-aware, distributed, open source social network.

Friendica - Friendica Communications Platform

GNU social - GNU social is social communication software for both public and private communications.

Misskey - 🌎 An interplanetary microblogging platform 🚀


HumHub - HumHub is an Open Source Enterprise Social Network. Easy to install, intuitive to use and extendable with countless freely available modules.

PixelFed - Photo Sharing. For Everyone.

Discourse - A platform for community discussion. Free, open, simple.

Movim - Movim - Decentralized social platform

Pump.io - Social server with an ActivityStreams API