Okay, it's time to tell new users a secret about Mastodon.

Mastodon is (whispers) part of a much bigger network 😮

Mastodon servers use an open standard called ActivityPub to talk to each other. That's how you interact with people on other Mastodon servers.

But, dozens of other federated networks also use ActivityPub, so (this is the good bit!) you can follow people on these other networks from your Mastodon account!

For example:

PixelFed (pixelfed.org) is a photo sharing network, here's a random example account @Iancylkowski

PeerTube (joinpeertube.org) is a video sharing network, with a p2p system that allows videos to go viral even on small servers, here's a random account @craftykat

BookWyrm (joinbookwyrm.com) is a social reading site, an open alternative to Amazon's Goodreads, here's a random account @mouse

Together, Mastodon and these other services form... The Fediverse :fediverse:

(whispers) Click on the link...


@feditips It's awesome! There's even so many more that it's impossible to list them all!

Lemmy (join-lemmy.org/), an alternative to Reddit.

Pleroma (pleroma.social/), a lightweight microblogging network (like Mastodon, but with some differences).

Plume (joinplu.me/), a federated blogging system.

Misskey (misskey.page/), an extra-fully featured microblogging server.

And so many others!

See fediverse.party/ for even more examples.

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