PeerTube is an exciting project that aims to bring video content to the fediverse, a decentralized supernetwork run and moderated entirely by volunteers. The platform is still very young, but an increasing amount of people are interested in exploring the prospect of media capabilities in federated systems.

After spending some time experimenting with the platform, I’ve come up with a guide to help others who want to check it out.

How are channels supposed to work?

There’s a bit of a conceptual disconnect at the moment with how channels are supposed to work. At first glance, the hierarchy takes some getting used to. Let’s untangle this!

Mastodon’s creator sheds light on maintaining one of the most popular projects in the fediverse

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Prismo is a new link-sharing platform intended to work similarly to Reddit, Lobst.ers, or Hacker News. Michał Bajur, creator of Mastodon Tags Explorer, is building the platform for the fediverse, meaning that it speaks the ActivityPub protocol and is intended to work with other federated parts of the ecosystem.

Blender’s PeerTube instance, with a custom skin

The Blender Foundation recently posted an update titled “YouTube Blocks Blender Videos worldwide”, and it details policy changes at YouTube that directly affects the nonprofit foundation in a profoundly negative manner.

Since a few days all Blender videos on the OFFICIAL BLENDER CHANNEL have been blocked worldwide without explanation. We are working with YouTube to resolve the issue, but the support has been less than stellar. In the meantime you can find most of the videos on

This move by YouTube is more than likely to raise a few eyebrows. …

In May of 2011, Chris Webber announced the GNU Mediagoblin project — a publishing platform focused on images, audio, and video. It can be compared to the likes of Flickr, Soundcloud, DeviantArt, or Instagram. As it developed, Chris became instrumental in pushing the W3C ActivityPub Protocol forward.

Thanks so much for joining me, Chris. In your own words, please introduce yourself!

I generally consider myself a “user freedom advocate”. …

An early implementation of Fractal’s UI

Not too long ago, we wrote about Riot, a Slack-like web application that leverages the Matrix federation protocol. Lots of people within the federated web space and Free Software community love it, but a lot of people weren’t too thrilled to see another electron app on their desktops.

That all is changing now with the development of Fractal, a Matrix client that lives as a first-class citizen of the GNOME desktop. Development is led by Daniel García Moreno, and is being designed by Purism’s Tobias Bernard. The app is quickly gaining traction within the GNOME ecosystem. Here’s Tobias’ take:


Hubzilla, the decentralized community groupware, content management and cloud storage platform, has just announced a new stable release of their software package. This new release provides a boatload of new improvements, including usability adjustments, features, and bugfixes. Some notable new features include OAuth2 and OpenID Connect support, an experimental ecommerce cart system, and better support for the ActivityPub protocol standard.

Additionally, the platform now features an opt-in “autosave” system for posts and comments leveraging HTML5 localStorage. Mario Vavti writes:

Posts and comments are now autosaved to the browsers local storage (no, we don’t send your unfinished work to the server). If you accidentally reload your window or navigate somewhere else, you will not lose your work anymore.

Read the full announcement here.

This is the only picture Lain would give me.

Lain is one of the more interesting figures developing software in the fediverse right now. As one of the lead developers of Pleroma, they focus on the development of a lightweight social server that works with Mastodon apps, and even supports its web interface.

For the purpose of this interview, Lain insisted on keeping the details of their own identity private.

Original photo: “Robot Collection” by littlebluerobot

Bots are a persistent element in the fediverse. People have set up automated streams for a number of purposes: fetching content from other websites, mirroring Twitter accounts, and monitoring stocks are a few examples.

But there are a number of fediverse bots that are built on novel concepts and funny ideas, and following them can really add to the overall experience. Here are twelve great bots worth following today.

13. Emoji Bot

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