Grow Your Own Services

Website from the creator of Fedi.Directory (that’s me!) which helps non-technical people create their own online services through managed hosting providers. Managed hosting means the hosting company does all the technical stuff behind the scenes, but you own and run the service. This allows anyone to make their own Fediverse servers, personal clouds, music streaming services and much more.

Fediverse address:
@homegrown@social.growyourown.services

Matthias Pfefferle

Creator of the “ActivityPub for WordPress” plug-in which turns WordPress blogs into Fediverse servers. When it’s active, people will be able to follow your WordPress account from Mastodon etc, and when you post a new blog entry it will appear as a post on the Fediverse.

Fediverse address (in English and German)
@pfefferle@mastodon.social

Next Generation Internet (NGI)

European Union initiative which is helping to fund free open decentralised social media like Mastodon and PeerTube, as well as many other libre online projects.

Fediverse address (main):
@EC_NGI@social.network.europa.eu

Fediverse address (videos):
@ec_ngi@tube.network.europa.eu

Gancio

A free open source collaborative online calendar. It allows local communities to share a common calendar that anyone can post events to, even people without an account. (Posts are moderated to prevent spam though.) You can also interact with Gancio through the Fediverse, and it has RSS support for people who want to follow through feed readers.

Fediverse address:
@gancio@mastodon.cisti.org

BookWyrm

The Fediverse’s alternative to Goodreads. You can keep track of your books, write reviews, follow other readers and more. Also, as it’s part of the Fediverse you can follow BookWyrm members from Mastodon etc.

Fediverse address:
@bookwyrm@tech.lgbt

Fediphoto Lineage

An app for Android phones available through F-Droid which makes it as easy as possible to share photos on the Fediverse. It’s based on an app by PLA, who enjoyed sharing pictures on the Fediverse while out and about. PLA sadly died in January 2021, and Fediphoto Lineage aims to honour his memory by keeping his project alive.

Fediverse address:
@fediphoto_lineage@libranet.de

Quote Me

Bot which generates nice-looking images based on specific Fediverse posts.

Fediverse address:
@quoteme@mas.to

WriteFreely

Free open source federated blogging platform. The interface and options are minimalist, with the focus on reading text with as few distractions as possible. It’s part of the Fediverse, so you can follow WriteFreely blogs from Mastodon etc. You can host a WriteFreely server yourself, or sign up on an existing server.

Fediverse address (main):
@writefreely@writing.exchange

Fediverse address (blog):
@writefreely@blog.writefreely.org

The Fedivision Song Contest

An annual event on the Fediverse where people are given a couple of weeks to create a song, then they are published and people on the Fediversevote on a favourite. Usually takes place on or around the time of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Fediverse address:
@announce@fedi.vision

GoToSocial

A new type of Fediverse server software which runs on cheap lightweight hardware and emphasises user safety and privacy. It supports both allowlists and blocklists, imports of lists from other servers, non-federated servers etc. To keep it lightweight there is no built-in web app at all, it is used entirely through third party apps compatible with the Mastodon API. It’s still in alpha testing but the official account is already running on a GoToSocial instance, and it’s a public alpha so others can have a go too.

Fediverse address:
@gotosocial@superseriousbusiness.org

The Curator on Mastodon.art

Shares lots of interesting art and creative posts from across the Fediverse, covering every genre. The account has been passed from one maintainer to another over the years, which has helped keep it fresh.

Fediverse address:
@Curator@mastodon.art