What is Ecko?

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Ecko is a Mastodon fork with many cool features, that Mastodon doesn't have.
It follows the Collective Code Construction Contract or C4 to e.g. add features that are deemed valuable by the community.
This is a difference from Mastodon, where its author Eugen Rochko decides which features Mastodon should have on his own even against the public opinion.

What features does Ecko have, that Mastodon doesn't?

The admin can change the following values:

  • max post length
  • max poll options
  • max poll answer length
  • max profile metadata fields
  • max length of “about me” text
  • max number of pinned toots

The admin can also upload a favicon in the admin settings and import/export the instance blocklist.
Furthermore local toots are possible. Those are toots that can only be seen by people on the same instance.

Comparison of microblogging services
Twitter Mastodon Ecko Pleroma GNU Social GoToSocial Calckey Misskey
character limit 280 500 admin decision 3000
feed algorithmic chronological
reach far familiar

Comparison of Mastodon forks
Mastodon Ecko Fedibird Glitch-Soc Hometown Smalltown koyu.space
editable character limit No Yes No with config file with config file with config file with config file
editable poll options No Yes No with config file No No with config file
local posts No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
changeable favicon via terminal Yes via terminal via terminal via terminal via terminal via terminal
ex-/importable blocklist No Yes No No No No Yes
Installable via YunoHost Yes Yes No Yes No No No
Markdown formatting No Maybe Maybe Yes reading only Maybe Maybe

Where can I find an Ecko instance to join as a user?

You can try the official instance here.
There is also a full list of Ecko instances here.

Further Reading

How do I get an account?
Getting started with your Fediverse account
Best practices
Ecko - the advanced page on Ecko

External links

Main article: Ecko weblinks