Federating Social Media

Nathan
Nathan
Mar 16 · 3 min read

I finished setting up my two primary alternatives the Fediverse has to offer Mastodon and Pixelfed.

Photo by Sourabh Gijare on Unsplash

I actively use Twitter, Snapchat somewhat, Reddit, YouTube, Mastodon and Telegram channels, to connect with friends and stay updated. What is missing here is Facebook. Read more here

I prefer to choose platform that are decentralized, has good integrations with other platforms, RSS and IFTTT support.

People don’t have to be locked in to a platform, when you post something they always have freedom to opt for another medium to find your amazing work.

Platforms should be fast, scalable, easy to port should I need to switch platforms / servers and have a lively community. Popularity of a platform is another concern but this does not mean you

“compromise for data mining monsters like TikTok or Facebook, because everyone’s using it”

A way to shield yourself from all these data mining companies is to use ad blockers like uBlock Origin over a Firefox based browser. Tor won’t help you since you don’t plan to go anonymous after you log in. Here a VPN would help cover your IP address.


Environment

Post or tell people about your decision of shifting your primary platform from Twitter/Instagram to Mastodon Pixelfed. They can always get your posts via RSS or visit your handle regardless they have an account or not or, if you cross-post to your Twitter handle like me.

One can like posts and follow Pixelfed users if they have a Mastodon account. That’s the beauty of the Fediverse.

Just imagine Facebook allowing Instagram users to follow and like someone else’s Tweets through the Instagram app or follow their favorite YouTube channel with their Instagram account.

This is called Federation, actively implemented by the ActivityPub protocol → Mastodon, PeerTube, Plemora, WriteFreely, Pixelfed and many many more you can discover here fediverse.party and many more fan made websites.

Here’s a great guide I found!

https://github.com/joyeusenoelle/GuideToMastodon/blob/master/README.md

Informative fediverse.party website showing Pixelfed

I connect all non-Fediverse compatible social networks like Vero to Twitter to auto post to my Twitter if I really need them.

Instagram could be an option for you. Use IFTTT to auto post instead of the native post to Twitter integration found on Instagram.

I connect my Twitter with Mastodon with a service called Moa to cross post. Use it to connect Instagram to Mastodon if IFTTT does not work. Then I use IFTTT to auto post to my Telegram channel with Mastodon’s RSS feed for my account.

That’s about it for the Twitter and Mastodon integration. Now I just post on Mastodon and anyone can get my posts.

You can join Mastodon here joinmastodon.org pick any instance which is open for registration and follow me @polarhive@mastodon.social


IRL Workflow

  1. Mastodon→Moa →Twitter →Telegram
  2. Mastodon→RSS feed found here→Telegram channel

2. Pixelfed posts are 🔁 Boosted Mastodon and continues as the first workflow suggests. The fediverse is magic!

Re-Tweets also get cross posted like 1. but in reverse.

Apps

Use the PWA apps for Mastodon and Pixelfed on Firefox/ Brave if you’re into chrome

On Tusky and Fedilab if you prefer apps. There’s also Mammut I like but its in beta.

My Pixelfed
My Mastodon

That’s how you go about fixing your social media, liberating your freedom, decentralizing and expanding your audience.

Follow my account where you’ll find all my accounts here polarhive.ml/mastodon

Nathan

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