Mastodon Alternatives

Similar projects and alternatives to Mastodon

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a better Mastodon alternative or higher similarity.

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Reviews and mentions

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 2021-09-17.
  • Facebook forced troll farm content on over 40% of all Americans each month | 2021-09-17
    I wish more people would self host their instance in the fediverse.

    Your post can be traced back to you, your feed is chronological and moderation is back in your hands.

    Propaganda is a HUGE issue, and I’m sure anyone won’t be able to spot every instance of misinformation.

    But everything could be back in your hands. Nobody can _FORCE_ content on you, you are in control of your own experience.

  • Ideas for a web based interface I could suggest to people in hobby groups who are open to a new chat service to replace whatsapp and also facebook pages?
    Mastodon might be an option
  • Social Networks | 2021-09-11
    Nextcloud is probably among your better packaged options. Free Software / OSS:

    Share and collaborate on documents, send and receive email, manage your calendar and have video chats without data leaks.

    For a Twitter equivalent, Mastodon.

    Facebook's a bit more of a challenge --- longer-form content, the ability to group contacts, and the like.

    Principally there are Diaspora*, Friendica, and Hubzilla, all based on or near the ActivityPub standard.

    There are limits and compromises to these, though all should handle small-scale (family/community) sharing easily. Mastodon's at millions of users, the others are probably smaller.

    At scale, moderation and administration of Diaspora* is a bit of a pain, though that's (slowly) improving.

  • Investing in self-hosted application developers
  • Facebook Censored Me for Mentioning Open-Source Social Network Mastodon | 2021-09-11
    They block but not, say, - so probably it's not a part of a strategy. | 2021-09-11
  • Live Free Or Die.
    Some alternatives:
  • Looking to create a social network
    I've never used it but wouldn't mastodon ( be a good option? It looks like the most popular self hosted option to me.
    If you are interested, Mastodon is very privacy and decentralization oriented.
  • Lemmy a federated open-source alternative to Reddit | 2021-09-07
  • Andrew Torba, founder of alt-right favorite app Gab
    They actually just use Mastodon which is a free/open-source software:
  • Revolt: Open-source alternative to Discord written in Rust | 2021-09-06
    >consider if someone is a proponent for privacy, but isn't sure if the're joining software created by activists they disagree with .. the folks behind Gab

    Gab is a hilarious example because it is a non-federating fork of Mastodon.[0][1] This is especially noteworthy because the ActivityPub "Fediverse" is full of antipathy between camps of users who run Mastodon (more Left) and those who instead run Pleroma (more Right) to the point where you can predict a user's politics by the software their homeserver is running. Is this the future of FOSS that we want?

    If you support the right of individuals to run social networks, and if you believe in libre software, you have to understand that sometimes people will use the tools you release for free to do things you disagree with.

    An analogy: if you're a manufacturer of hammers, you have to accept that someone could use your hammer to commit a murder.


  • The internet has become a kinda lonely place...
    You might enjoy Mastodon, especially a smaller server (servers are called instances in Mastodon).
  • Decentralised social media - In Australia they just passed a law so police can access your page to add,modify or delete data without a warrant, would decentralised social media solve this?
    Think Mastodon is a solution
  • Stop using social media (such as reddit) or your usage of social media spreads misinformation, even if you don't share misinformation yourself | 2021-08-30
    Well, there's Mastodon.


Basic Mastodon repo stats
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mastodon/mastodon is an open source project licensed under GNU Affero General Public License v3.0 which is an OSI approved license.

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