Mastodon Alternatives

    Mastodon is described as 'decentralized microblogging engine. FEATURES - Free and open-source. - Decentralized, no worries about a single company controlling your communications. - Supports the standardized ActivityPub protocol - Fully interoperable with' and is a very popular Social Network in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Mastodon for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, Android, iPhone, Self-Hosted solutions and iPad. Most alternatives are Social Networks and Microbloggs. The best alternative is Diaspora, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Mastodon are Twitter (Free), Pixelfed (Free, Open Source), Gab (Freemium, Open Source) and Minds (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 11, 2021

    1. Diaspora is a federated social networking service, designed to be a more privacy-aware alternative to Facebook . Share what you want, with whom you want.
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      Diaspora vs Mastodon opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Diaspora is a great alternative to Mastodon.
      JohnFastman Diaspora is more like a Facebook alternative; Mastodon is a Twitter alternative. Both are open-source and non-profit and aren't based on exploiting people's privacy for money-making/selling you out to adverisers or passing on everything about you (contacts, opinions, likes, location, interests...) to government authorities. Facebook does do this.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 280-character messages called "tweets".
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      Twitter vs Mastodon opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Twitter is still a legitimate alternative to Mastodon, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      RemovedUser Twitter is a centralized, propertiary service, while Mastodon is free software
      Negative comment over 2 years ago


    2. Pixelfed is an image sharing platform with focus on Privacy, Safety and Security, an ethical alternative to centralized platforms like Instagram. Federated, Ad-Free, No algorithms, No 3rd party analytics or tracking. Can run on your own server.
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    3. Gab Social is an open source and fully decentralized social network powered by the Gab Platform. It is the new social network of This change was made to further Gab's commitment to its users trust and privacy online.


      Gab is less moderated compared to other social networks and could be offensive to some people

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      Gab vs Mastodon opinions
      Some users think Gab is a great alternative to Mastodon, some don't.
      Gab can connect to the rest of the Mastodon network anyway! It's like Twitter but even easier to use and user-friendly. You don't need an account to look at stuff. And of course, free speech.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      Kedman Gab is godless compare to other social network
      Positive comment 5 months ago

    4. We are a free and open-source platform to launch your digital brand, social network and mobile app. We are also a social network ourselves. It is a global social network of social networks. Available in either decentralized or centralized options.
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      Minds vs Mastodon opinions
      Most users think Minds is a great alternative to Mastodon.
      AnisBarghouthi Minds is a blockchain-based mix of social-media and micro-blogging site and recently it added a Matrix client (a fork of Element) with E2E encryption.
      Positive comment 6 months ago


    5. Tumblr is a place to express yourself, discover yourself, and bond over the stuff you love. It's where your interests connect you with your people.
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      This alternative is disputed. Tumblr is still a legitimate alternative to Mastodon, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    6. Pleroma is a free, federated social networking server built on open protocols. It is compatible with GNU Social, Mastodon, and many other ActivityPub and OStatus implementations.
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      Almost everyone thinks Pleroma is a great alternative to Mastodon.
    7. GNU social is a continuation of the StatusNet project. It is social communication software for both public and private communications. It is widely supported and has a large userbase.
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      Most users think GNU social is a great alternative to Mastodon.
    8. A free and open source alternative Twitter front-end focused on privacy. Inspired by the project.
    9. Friendica is a distributed social network application. Which allow users to connect with others via their own Friendica server, but may also fully integrate contacts from other platforms including Twitter, diaspora*, and StatusNet into their 'newsfeed'.
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