This post will be somewhat different, as it doesn’t concern the “dark web,” but it is an alternative network of sorts. If the term “fediverse” doesn’t sound familiar, then allow me to quote the definition from LinuxReviews, because that covers it pretty well:
Fediverse is a loose term for a network of social network servers which form an alternative to centralized social network platforms like Twitter. Fediverse servers use the open ActivityPub standard to share content users on individual servers between the servers in the network. A variety of software such as Mastodon and Pleroma can be used to run Fediverse servers. Individual servers have widely different communities, policies and features. Some have draconian censorship-policies and others have a clear pro free speech stance.
As LinuxReviews points out, “fediverse,” like “dark web,” is just a general term for these types of social network servers, the reason being that they’re “federated,” or interconnected. There are numerous examples of networks and sites that comprise the fediverse, but a few prominent ones are:
- toot.turbo.chat (invite-only)
- beelzebabes.com (requires approval from a mod)
- GNU Social
While each of these is very different, they have a few things in common: besides being on interconnected servers, they tend have a “decentralized” model of ownership and management. For example, as opposed to Twitter, which is all under one corporate entity, each Mastodon “instance” is independently run and managed. Plus, you can easily create your own instance, should you so choose.
Switter.at, for instance (you see what I did there?), is designed as a sex-work friendly social space (its registration is currently closed).
Gab Social, on the other hand, is similar to Mastodon, but its membership is far more conservative. So, if that’s where your political leanings tend to, it may be perfect for you.
WriteFreely, as its name implies, is a minimalist blogging platform (which I’d mentioned briefly on the post Alternate Blog on Write.as). The point is that all of these instances allow you the opportunity to create and manage your own independent versions of enormous corporate platforms like Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.
If you’d like to see a more complete list of networks and sites that fall under the “fediverse” umbrella, visit fediverse.network. Have fun exploring!