Trump’s “Truth” Social developers just installed Mastodon and made some modifications. This is recommended in the open source software community, and even Fediverse, but there is one big rule that Trump’s developers have ignored … the software license requires that any changes you make are also open source and published will. Trump didn’t do that at first, pretending to be something completely new to Truth Social, but they released the source as a ZIP file when accessed for software license violation.
But what is the fediverse?
It’s basically a network of social networking servers. Instead of a monopoly social network like Facebook, where everything that happens on Facebook is essentially heard and controlled by Facebook, the Fediverse is more collaborative and open. The thing about social networking in Fediverse is that you can create an account on one server and “follow” accounts on other servers AND other platforms.
What makes this particularly cool is the variety of Fediverse platforms. For example, Mastodon is a lot like Twitter, while Peertube is a lot like YouTube, Pixelfed is like Instagram, and Funkwhale is like Soundcloud. At Fediverse.Party, you can see a whole list of different Fediverse platforms and see how they differ.
Do it Yourself.
There is plenty of free documentation available to help you start your own instance of the Fediverse social network. Most will need a Linux server, but you can create one at home or sign up for a cloud-based instance of a virtual machine. Here are a few links and videos to point you in the right direction.
If you already have a WordPress site, there is an optional plug-in under development that will add Fediverse support to your existing site.
Rent your own server
If this all sounds too complicated, Fediverse hosting services are also available. You can pay someone else a monthly fee to run a Mastodon server for you and manage all of the technical stuff. Masto Host is a good example. For 6 euros / month you get 5 users and a 2Gb database; perfect for a family … or you can create a larger social network community with around 2000 users for 89 euros / month. There are many other options too, such as: MaaStodon, Spacebear Federation, and BitCap Network
Or just join someone else’s server instance
Presumably Trump’s social network “Truth” will have all of the federation skills that Mastodon and other Fediverse platforms have (I haven’t looked at their source code), so of course you can just join another Fediverse instance and have the same skills. As mentioned earlier, a Fediverse account has full freedom to follow and interact with other accounts on completely different platforms and instances.
There is a Fediverse Observer list of available servers that lets you see which servers are accepting new users, along with other information such as: B. how many users they already have and how stable they are in terms of uptime. You can also choose instances that are more local to you. For example, if you live in Brazil, you can join a Brazilian social network.
However, make sure you understand that joining someone else’s instance means you are governed by their policies, just like Trump was governed by Twitter’s policies. If you want to create your own policies, create your own server.
Will Trump’s removal from Big Tech’s social networks help empower the decentralized web and make more people aware of the freedom of the Fediverse? Maybe like this. However, you should also pass this article on to help spread information about the Fediverse. I’ve been using it for a few years now, so if you join in, feel free to follow me here: Adam (@[email protected])