What are Fediverse projects?

Fediverse projects are the different software parts of the Fediverse. Many of them are replacements for better-known social media platforms.

What is Mastodon?

Main article: What is Mastodon?

Mastodon is a microblogging service like Twitter.
Microblogging means you have a blog with short (micro) posts which can include pictures and video. Usually there's a 500-character limit for posts on Mastodon.

Mastodon also has forks. See e.g. Ecko & koyu.space.

What is Pleroma?

Main article: What is Pleroma?

Pleroma is another microblogging service like Twitter and Mastodon.
Contrary to Mastodon though it usually has a character limit of 5000 as well as some other differences.

What is Misskey?

Main article: What is Misskey?

Misskey is another microblogging service like Twitter, Mastodon and Pleroma.
It has a different design and different limits than Mastodon and Pleroma.

Misskey also has forks. See e.g. Calckey

What is Pixelfed?

Main article: What is Pixelfed?

Pixelfed is a photoblogging service like Instagram.
Your posts must include at least one image, but of course you can add captions, tags, and location data.

What is PeerTube?

Main article: What is PeerTube?

PeerTube is a video sharing service like Youtube or Vimeo.
You can upload videos for others to watch on the website. People can subscribe from all over the Fediverse.

What is Hubzilla ?

Main article: What is Hubzilla?

Hubzilla is a modular webserver-based operating system which includes technologies for publishing, social media, file sharing, photo sharing, chat and more, including the ability to develop custom modules.

What is Friendica?

Main article: What is Friendica?

Friendica is a social network like Facebook.
Post text, pictures and videos for the eyes of only your family or friends; or share them with the Fediverse.

What is Lemmy?

Main article: What is Lemmy?

Lemmy is a link aggregator like Reddit.
You can post links, images and text posts that people can vote and comment on.

What is WriteFreely?

Main article: What is WriteFreely?

WriteFreely is a (macro-)blogging service like Wordpress or Blogger.
You can create beautiful blogs, diaries and books.

What is Funkwhale?

Main article: What is Funkwhale?

Funkwhale is an audio sharing service like e.g. Spotify or Bandcamp.
You can listen to artists, albums, playlists, podcasts and radio shows and upload your own audio.

What is Mobilizon?

Main article: What is Mobilizon?

Mobilizon is an event planner similar to Facebook events.
You can create events and add locations, dates, pictures and so on.

What is BookWyrm?

Main article: What is BookWyrm?

BookWyrm is a book cataloguing service like Goodreads.
You can track your reading habits, review and rate books and more.

What is Owncast?

Main article: What is Owncast?

Owncast is a video streaming service similar to Twitch.
You can e.g. stream live video and chat with your viewers.

Table of Fediverse replacements for traditional social media platforms

Traditional social media Fediverse replacement Upcoming Fediverse replacement
Microblogging Twitter Mastodon, Ecko, koyu.space, Pleroma, GNU Social,
Misskey, Calckey, GoToSocial
Bonfire
Social network Facebook Friendica, diaspora*, (streams), SocialHome
Events & groups Facebook Mobilizon, Gancio
Photoblogging Instagram Pixelfed
Videohosting- & Streaming Youtube, Twitch, TikTok PeerTube, Owncast Goldfish
Blogging Blogger WriteFreely, Plume, (Wordpress)
Book cataloguing Goodreads BookWyrm
Audiohosting Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, ... Funkwhale, Castopod, reel2bits
Link aggregation reddit Lemmy
Professional network LinkedIn Flockingbird
Multi purpose Hubzilla

External Links

Main article: Fediverse weblinks

Delightful Fediverse apps - an almost complete list of Fediverse software.