What is Pleroma?

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Website pleroma.social
List of instances fediverse.observer

Pleroma is a microblogging platform and one of the Fediverse's replacements for Twitter.

What does Pleroma feel like?

Pleroma is a lot like Twitter and Mastodon.
You can write short messages, add pictures, videos, audo, image/video/audio descriptions, content warnings and polls.
You can @ other people on the Fediverse in your posts and send private messages.
You can use hashtags and find posts based on hashtags.

What are some advantages over Twitter?

With Pleroma you can post longer posts - usually 5,000 characters, though some instances have even larger character limits.
There is no algorithm deciding what you get to see and what not, but the feed is chronological and based on who you follow and what the people you follow boost.
On Twitter & Co the algorithm doesn't necessarily show you what you want to see, but amplifies hate and controversy, to keep you watching ads as long as possible.
If you have a lot of followers on Twitter expect to have a narrower reach on Pleroma, but the people who follow you are usually more happy to interact with you in a meaningful way.

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

What are some advantages over Mastodon?

Some numeral limitations are more relaxed than on Mastodon:

  • Character limit = 5,000 (500 in Mastodon)
  • Poll options = 20 (4 in Mastodon)
  • Profile fields = 10 (4 in Mastodon)
  • Max number of pinned posts = 1 (5 in Mastodon)

These limits can be changed by the admin. Some instances are using different thresholds. Also, whether user registration needs an email address can be determined by the server admin.

If you want to own an instance as an admin, using Pleroma is a good idea. Pleroma is easy to setup and requires smaller computing resources than Mastodon. In addition, if you do not force email verification for new users, you do not need to setup a mail server.

What are some limitations?

With all the advantages, like Twitter, Pleroma still has some limitations.

  • You can't follow hashtags.
  • You can't edit your posts.

Further Reading

External Links

Main article: Fediverse weblinks

Official Website

Lists of Instances

Fediverse Observer
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