Social & Communications

Share your photos, your interests, your life through blogs, forums and social networks; keep in touch with your friends and meet people with text, video and voice chat, text messaging, and social media clients.

  1. is a social networking website for academics. The platform can be used to share papers, monitor their impact, and follow the research in a particular field. It was launched in September08, with 31 million registered and over 8 million uploaded texts.
  2. Postach.io helps you instantly create custom sites by converting your notes to blog posts and pages. Post instantly from Evernote, Dropbox & Pocket. No code, no fuss, just the tools you already use.
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  3. Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, video chat, and file transfers over many different protocols. You can tell it about your accounts on all those services and do all your chatting within one application.

    Discontinued

    Empathy is currently unmaintained. Last version, 3.25, released in August 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    GameTracker is your one-stop social network for gamers with game server stats, website plugins, and game server banners.
  4. Okuna (formerly Openbook) is an open-source, zero tracking, zero spying, zero advertisement, secure social network that gives 30% of it's revenue towards making the world a better place, now and forever.
  5. SpeedOf.Me is an HTML5 Internet speed test. No Flash or Java needed! It is the smartest and most accurate online bandwidth test. It works well on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 8 and other mobile devices, as well as desktop computers.
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  6. KVIrc is a free portable IRC client based on the excellent Qt GUI toolkit. KVirc is being written by Szymon Stefanek and the KVIrc Development Team with the contribution of many IRC addicted developers around the world.
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  7. The goal of Gajim is to provide a full featured and easy to use XMPP client. Gajim works nicely with GNOME, but does not require it to run. It is released under the GNU General Public License.
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  8. Tomahawk gives you to access to all of your favorite music in one powerful media player.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer maintained. Last version, 0.8.4, released in April 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    From gadgets to startups, apps, and tech culture, The Verge has you covered with in-depth reporting, original features, and editorials from the smartest team in tech writing.
  9. FluffyChat is an open, nonprofit and cute matrix messenger app for Ubuntu Touch, Android and iOS. Open Opensource and open development where everyone can join. Nonprofit FluffyChat is donation funded. Cute ? Cute design and many theme settings including a dark mode.
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  10. Communication is critical. Privacy is essential. Simple, just how you like it. Revolt is built on the same technologies as other popular chat applications, so there won’t be any need to re-learn on how to use it. Also, you can customize it to your heart’s content.
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    We Heart It lets you create an online album (a heart) with your favorite images and videos. At the same time you can see what other people are adding to their own hearts and save it on yours to grow your collection.
  11. Infinity is a beautiful, feature-rich app that offers a smooth Reddit browsing experience. It is completely free and ad-less; you can browse Reddit without interruptions or distractions. Built by a passionate university student, Infinity is open source.
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    Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework.
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