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    Jam is an open source alternative to Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces and similar audio spaces

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 21 February - 13:41

With Jam you can create audio rooms that can be used for panel discussions, jam sessions, free flowing conversations, debates, theatre plays, musicals and more. The only limit is your imagination.

More interesting is that you can also self-host it with an easy docker installation.


#technology #opensource #socialnetwork #alternativeto #clubhouse

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    Africa may have no Mastodon instances (I could not believe this) but it does have a decentralised Lemmy (Reddit clone) instance to foster social dialogue across African nations

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 24 January - 17:45

Baraza is a digital public square as imagined in Bantu philosophy. Share and discuss news, resources, howtos, ask questions, or anything you like. While not required, posts related to Africa would be appreciated.

The site looks like it is physically hosted in Germany in the EU which is probably a good thing, but it's focus is on things African and will appeal to Africans. Lemmy is unfortunately not federated with the Fediverse but it federates with decentralised Lemmy nodes. So I was able to post a post on a community at Baraza that related to an African theme, from a different node.

It is not only great that Africa has a social media focal point, but that it is also for all African countries, so it keeps perspective and context instead of only being dominated by one country. Africa has many languages and cultures, often existing within each country. Establishing social dialogue across all African countries is of immeasurable value to all citizens.


#technology #decentralisation #reddit #alternativeto #africa

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    OpenBoard is a privacy respecting open source alternative keyboard to Google's Gboard and Microsoft's SwiftKey for Android

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Saturday, 23 January - 08:19

I've only been using this keyboard for a day but so far it's been fully usable for me. It does not have swipe yet but that was not something I'm using.

Yes at the end of the day a lot of what you do on your phone is via the keyboard, so it is good to know this is all pure open source. Strictly speaking you anyway do not want to be typing passwords in and should be using an open source password manager like Bitwarden.

Good to see also the app is available directly from F-Droid or the Google Play Store and there is no dependency on any Google binaries.


#technology #opensource #alternativeto #privacy #keyboard

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    6 reasons the decentralised Fediverse is better than regular centralised social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Thursday, 21 January - 11:20

Social media sucks. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are designed to turn your precious free time into money. What we see as a nice way to stay in touch with our friends, in reality are just many hits of dopamine stimulating precise spots in your brain, leading to you spending more time on the platform consuming ads.

But what if I told you that there is a huge ad-free social network out there, not governed by a central authority, full of great people and completely free to use? This place is called the Fediverse. Well, it's not really a place, it's many places.

See the 6 reasons and a good short overview of what the Fediverse is about at

#technology #opensource #fediverse #alternativeto #privacy

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    Lemmy is similar to sites like Reddit,, or Hacker News but it's open source, it's federated with the Fediverse, and zero lock in

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Wednesday, 20 January - 19:56

You subscribe to communities you're interested in, post links and discussions, then vote and comment on them. Lemmy isn't just a reddit alternative; its a network of interconnected communities ran by different people and organizations, all combining to create a single, personalized front page of your favorite news, articles, and memes.

Each server can set its own moderation policy, to help foster a healthy environment where all can feel comfortable contributing.

With Lemmy, you can easily host your own server, and all these servers are federated (think email), and connected to the same universe, called the Fediverse. For a link aggregator, this means that someone registered on one server can subscribe to communities elsewhere, and can have discussions with people on a completely different server.

Lemmy is free, open-source software, meaning no advertising, monetizing, or venture capital, ever.


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    XMPP (and Movim) As An Alternate Social Network For Secure Messaging and Blogging

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Tuesday, 19 January - 20:33

XMPP is an open protocol that supports Instant Chat, Messaging, Presence, Audio Calls, Blogging, Video Calls, Chat Rooms, IoT, and much more across 1,000's of XMPP servers and numerous client apps. It supports end-to-end OpenPGP or OMEMO encryption for secure chats. It works much like the Fediverse and I explain here how it relates to the Fediverse, what Movim offers for social networking and blogging, and show what some clients look like.

Anyone can also host their own XMPP server if they wish. There is no lock-in to any provider (server side or client side), no adverts, no data being shared. It can be as private or as public as you wish.

Watch at

#technology #socialnetwork #alternativeto #opensource #XMPP

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  • 19 January Matt

    Prosody and Metronome (Prosody fork) support PubSub THUMBS UP SIGN

  • 19 January Danie van der Merwe

    Ah great - just hoping that folks will be able to subscribe to pubsubs from other places and not only within the hosting service itself. In theory they show up in Service Discovery and should allow subscription from anywhere like group chats... That would make it really universal.

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    A WhatsApp Poll I Ran Showed Way Higher Engagement On Mastodon (Twitter Alternative) Despite Fewer Followers And I Have A Theory

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Thursday, 14 January - 08:51

On Twitter I have 774 followers after 12 years of use, and on Mastodon I have 538 followers after only 3 or so years. I post the identical posts to both networks at the same time, and respond on both. Yet I see noticeably more engagement, queries, comments, etc on my posts at Mastodon. This poll had 136 votes on Mastodon but only 25 votes on Twitter. It got 12 reshares on Mastodon and 1 on Twitter. Both polls had the same hashtags and #DeleteWhatsApp was very busy on both networks.

My theory is that on Twitter an individual's posts get largely drowned out by adverts and promoted posts, and of course the algorithm that shows "top posts", whereas on Mastodon users only see who they are following giving more visibility to a user posting...

#twitter #mastodon #alternativeto #fediverse