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    Togethr: Social

    Stephen Paul Weber · Wednesday, 11 May - 20:45 · 2 minutes

Last week we launched a sister product from the same team that brings you JMP: Togethr.  Why are we launching a second product?  Why now?  What does this have to do with the mission of JMP in particular, or the Sopranica project in general?

Togethr is a managed hosting platform for small Fediverse instances.  It is powered by the ActivityPub protocol that powers Mastodon, PeerTube, and so many others.  While there are several social networking solutions that build on XMPP (just like JMP does), and indeed we use one for this blog, we chose to go with something else for Togethr.  Does that mean we don’t have hope for XMPP in the social space?  No, rather it is an admission that the largest network for people to interact with in this way exists on ActivityPub-compatible software, and people need a solution they can use today.

As it grows, Togethr gives us the “skin in the game” motivation to bridge these worlds.  We are not the only ones interested in bridging the XMPP and ActivityPub worlds together, in fact the Libervia project is currently working on a grant to produce a first version of a gateway, that should be generally usable later this year.  We hope to eventually roll out an update that makes every Togethr instance seamlessly be both ActivityPub and XMPP without anyone needing to change their address.

Why not wait until “everything is ready” to go live with XMPP and ActivityPub at the same time?  Well, people need a solution.  Many people fleeing silos or otherwise being attracted to federated social networking find that self-hosting is too complicated, or they just don’t have the time to dedicate to it.  Many of these people end up creating an account on a giant volunteer-run instance, joining yet another silo (albeit a nicely federated one) run by admins they don’t know with financial and mental pressures they cannot understand.

Togethr gives people looking to federate their digital social networking experience full control without requiring systems administration knowledge or time.  Our team not only keeps the instance running, but provides support for users who may not be familiar with the software or the fediverse in general and need help getting everything set up.  However, there is no lock-in and people can easily move to another host or self-hosting at any time.  For example, if someone got an instance and created the user person they would have address just like you would expect on any Fediverse instance.  However, since they control the domain they could move to a different host or self-host, point the domain at the new instance, copy over their data, and no one has to “follow me at my new address”, everything just keeps working.

While we believe that single-user instances are the pinnacle of federation, Togethr does not limit the way people want to use it.  People may have family or friends they want to share posts with, who might not be motivated to join the Fediverse but will accept a personal invitation.  So every Togethr instance allows the customer to invite whoever they would like to join them on the instance, in order to smooth the onboarding for friends and family.  We hope that this can provide an option for people looking to take control over more of their digital life.

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    Add your Fediverse Profile, or find people and topics with similar interests, on the Fediverse.Info site

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 8 May - 21:06

Their goal is to encourage the adoption of the fediverse by providing an extensive guide and lists of resources for the community. It uses the hashtags found on your profile to establish what your interests are. All you have to do is to add a supplied hasthtag #fedi22 to your profile, and then add the URL or webfinger for your profile.

Most ActivityPub projects are supported (eg. Mastodon, Pixelfed, etc), and your profile will automatically be re-crawled after 7 days so that updated hashtags can be linked.


#technology #fediverse #activitypub #fedi22 #discover

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    Joining Two Open Protocols: XMPP-ActivityPub Gateway

    debacle · / berlin-xmpp-meetup · Wednesday, 9 March, 2022 - 14:34

Joining Two Open Protocols: XMPP-ActivityPub Gateway

Goffi from Libervia (formerly know as "Salut à toi") will present his current project.

When?TODAY, Wednesday, 2022-03-09 18:00 CET (always 2ⁿᵈ Wednesday of every month)

Where? This time not in xHain hack+makespace, Grünberger Str. 16, 10243 Berlin, but online at In our virtual room a link will be posted right before the meeting start.

See you later!

#jabber #xmpp #community #xhain #freesoftware #berlin #meetup #federation #libervia #activitypub #fediverse

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    WordPress blogs can integrate with the ActivityPub protocol to Fediverse social networks

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Monday, 27 December, 2021 - 20:57

The plugin implements the ActivityPub protocol for your blog. Your readers will be able to follow your blogposts on Mastodon and other federated platforms that support ActivityPub.

The plugin works with the following federated platforms:

  • Mastodon
  • Pleroma
  • Friendica
  • HubZilla
  • Pixelfed
  • SocialHome
  • Misskey


#technology #WordPress #activitypub #fediverse #decentralised

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    The Fediverse - It's about Protocols, not Platforms (Just pick any Social Network and Connect)

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Monday, 11 October, 2021 - 20:00

An interesting blog post below about someone being "forced off" Facebook (a centralised monolithic platform) and discovering the Fediverse of different social networks, all connected together by the ActivityPub protocol. Nothing even stops you self-hosting your own social network node and managing that yourself for family or friends.

Not only do the decentralised nodes of one social network all interconnect, but so do completely different social network platforms. So Mastodon connects with PixelFed, which connects with Bookwyrm, Friendica, Hubzilla, PeerTube, and more, and so it goes on.


#technology #activitypub #fediverse #deletefacebook #socialnetworks

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    Drupal CMS now has an ActivityPub Protocol module for its websites - It's like a 'Facebook Follow' for the Fediverse

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 26 September, 2021 - 18:40

This module Implements the ActivityPub protocol for your site. Readers will be able to follow content on Mastodon and other federated platforms that support ActivityPub. Responses are possible too (Reply, Like, Announce) with more to come.

It is a bit like a Facebook Follow, but for the Fediverse of different social networks.

The module has been tested with the following federated platforms:

  • Mastodon
  • Pixelfed
  • Pleroma


#technology #opensource #drupal #fediverse #activitypub

  • ActivityPub

    Implements the ActivityPub protocol for your site. Readers will be able to follow content on Mastodon and other federated platforms that support ActivityPub. Responses are possible too (Reply, Like, Announce) with more to come. The module has been tested with the following federated platforms: Mastodon Pixelfed Pleroma Open an issue if you have successfully interacted with other platforms! Integrates with the Personal reader project. Check the README for all features, installation and configuration. Development of the lite version happens in the 1.0.x branch here on

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  • 28 September, 2021 purplesky

    This is a great news!

  • 29 September, 2021 GadgeteerZA

    Yes, great that Fediverse interconnectivity is starting to spread wider... hopefully it envelops and suffocates Facebook one day!

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    What Indian and Nigerian governments should have told their citizens rather than trying to control Twitter: Join the Fediverse!

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 6 June, 2021 - 21:06 · 1 minute

Sometimes the answer isn't 'Going Big'. Rather than build new centralized platforms that will inevitably fail in proportion to their user base. Choose 'protocols' that can naturally scale and deliver the best for every person. Smaller tight knit communities 'on your own terms' that are user-first is the future of social media. Facebook's goal is not to 'connect the world' their true goals lie in their business model 'to sell your data to advertisers'.

The Fediverse tries to put social networking back into your hands, just like email and websites - it's based on the #ActivityPub protocol that's internationally accepted and works according to your needs and not to some advertiser's! Pick any server or host your own. You can set the rules.

The irony of it is that this drive by governments to want to try control privately owned centralised social networks, will very likely increase the move to smaller more decentralised and federated social networks, in much the same way the laws of economics drive markets around the world based on supply and demand. The options are already all there and being used by many around the world. IRC for example is over 30 years old and still going strong. It's the reason that Mastodon came out of nowhere and is so busy today too.

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#technology #socialmedia #censorship #fediverse #decentralisation