→ node [[fediverse]]


Linked network of sites like [[mastodon]] [[pleroma]]

Clients are things like [[subway tooter]] [[husky]] [[pinafore]]

⥅ pulled node [[activitypub]]


A good explanation of how the protocol works.


  1. host local servers, one tracking each service

  2. connect to these servers with a locally hosted mastodon client

  3. each server takes account information and mocks external accounts:

    • logs in through social media api

    • view posts, corresponding threads/comments sections

    • server publishes data form these services in real time to mastodon

    • server creates/tracks fake mastodon user from every other user

    • these users are visible with clever naming scheme and tolerated by server

    • interacting with these real servers from ur acct (must be hosted in same place) == ur account on that social media interacting with their real acct

    • likes, follows etc. also emulated -- though have to check if current user is following them, has liked, has followed etc.

    • should port over images, videos, gifs etc from whatever proprietary twitter thing they use to sane default formats to display on mastodon (i guess these should be cached for some time period, then...)

Federated social media is the future.


  • An implementation of ActivityPub

awesome page bookwyrm:: a decentralized reading and reviewing service with activitypub


feasibility of p2p activitypub want to avoid static ip, ideally

  • run on home server, always-on computer kind of deal ie beaglebone

  • NAT TOR? Zooko's triangle -- choosing between human readable, decentralized and unique is impossible. PetNames proposal may be useful

  • key upgrade, but all that is needed is tor .onion address support, truly

https://wiki.xxiivv.com/site/rotonde.html cool distributed social network

ActivityPub API Outline - Lemmy Documentation

https://activitypub.rocks/ explanation of the activity pub prococol and how

https://write.as/matt/our-activitypub-projects neat ActivityPub projects

"A decentralized social network for the small web, implemented in ActivityPub" hn thread


social layer that [[the federation]] uses

⥅ pulled node [[diaspora]]
⥅ pulled node [[friendica]] empty.
⥅ pulled node [[mastodon]]

Mastodon is an open source federated micro-blogging platform.

The Mastodon documentation site https://docs.joinmastodon.org/ covers what a microblog and federation are:

Similar to how blogging is the act of publishing updates to a website, microblogging is the act of publishing small updates to a stream of updates on your profile. You can publish text posts and optionally attach media such as pictures, audio, video, or polls. Mastodon lets you follow friends and discover new ones.

Federation is a form of decentralization. Instead of a single central service that all people use, there are multiple services, that any number of people can use.

The About statement on the Patreon from the main developer Gargron is also a good description:

I'm working on Mastodon, a free, open-source social network server based on open web protocols like ActivityPub and OStatus. The social focus of the project is a viable decentralized alternative to commercial social media silos that returns the control of the content distribution channels to the people. The technical focus of the project is a good user interface, a clean REST API for 3rd party apps and robust anti-abuse tools.

The entire network is like an unlimited number of different Twitter websites, users of which can follow each other and interact regardless of which Twitter website exactly they are on. This has obvious benefits as there is no single company that has a monopoly.



⥅ pulled node [[peertube]]
⥱ context
⟴ stoa
public document at stoa.anagora.org/p/fediverse