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switching.social - 2019-09-12 17:00:18 GMT
Excellent interview with Roger McNamee, one of the early backers of Facebook and Zuckerberg's mentor:

https://www.channel4.com/news/roger-mcnamee-facebooks-business-model-of-converting-peoples-lives-into-data-is-morally-wrong

He now deeply regrets what Facebook has become:

"The business model of converting lives into data, and then using that data to manipulate behaviour... that's just morally wrong."

#DeleteFacebook #Facebook #MarkZuckerberg
 
switching.social - 2019-09-07 10:19:53 GMT
Reminder that there are forks of switching.social in other languages:

🇫🇷 French / En Français
https://switching.geber.ga

🇩🇪 German / Auf Deutsch
https://switchingsocial.de
(You can follow them at @swisode )

🇮🇹 Italian / In Italiano
https://switching.ml

🇹🇷 Turkish / Türkçe
http://www.sosyaldegisim.com

Forks are run by their maintainers/owners, please contact them directly if you have feedback or suggestions.

Switching.social is available under CC-By-SA 4.0, anyone can do their own version.
 
Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp ഉള്‍പെടെ ഉള്ള നവമാദ്യമങ്ങള്‍ ങ്ങടെ private data വിറ്റിട്ടാണു കാശുണ്ടാക്കുന്നതു...ഈനുള്ള alternatives switching.social മ്മക്കു പറഞ്ഞെരുന്നു...😀
https://twitter.com/SwitchingSocial/status/1169244946299326464

#Privacy #Alternatives #Online

switching.social: switching.social – Ethical alternatives to popular sites and apps (switchingadm)

 
switching.social - 2019-09-04 12:16:10 GMT
KOReader is a libre eBook app for Kobo eReaders, jailbroken Kindles and several other devices:

https://koreader.rocks

There isn't any onboarding for non-tech people, so you may want to ask a techy friend for help.

Installation instructions are in the Wiki:

Kobo
https://github.com/koreader/koreader/wiki/Installation-on-Kobo-devices

Kindle (jailbroken only)
https://github.com/koreader/koreader/wiki/Installation-on-Kindle-devices

Other devices incl. Android, PocketBook and Cervantes
https://github.com/koreader/koreader/wiki

(Thanks to @gregory for the tip!)

#eReaders #Kobo #Kindle #eBooks #Books
 
switching.social - 2019-09-03 10:57:02 GMT
Amazon's attempt to control the book world extends everywhere, they own the following:

Goodreads
Abebooks
Librarything (40%, through Abebooks)
Kindle
Audible

You don't have to get your books from Amazon or use Amazon book services. There are much more ethical alternatives available:

https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-amazon-and-goodreads/

Some of these alternatives are also on the Fediverse:
@inventaire
@libreture

#Amazon #Alternatives #Books #eBooks #DeleteAmazon
 
Amazon's attempt to control the book world extends everywhere, they own the following:

Goodreads
Abebooks
Librarything (40%, through Abebooks)
Kindle
Audible

You don't have to get your books from Amazon or use Amazon book services. There are much more ethical alternatives available:

https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-amazon-and-goodreads/

Some of these alternatives are also on the Fediverse:
@inventaire
@libreture

#Amazon #Alternatives #Books #eBooks #DeleteAmazon
 
switching.social - 2019-08-27 11:02:05 GMT
🎉 Ok, it's here! 🎉

The new fairtrade smartphone Fairphone 3 is now available to pre-order, with delivery in mid-September:

https://shop.fairphone.com/en/

You can follow Fairphone on here:

@Fairphone

It's made to be as ethical as possible:

💰 Fair wages all down the supply chain

♻️ Recycled material where possible

🕊️ Avoids conflict materials

🔧 Modular design for easy user repairs

It's €450 including tax and 2 year guarantee, available in Europe (incl UK).

#Fairphone #Fairphone3 #Smartphones






 
switching.social - 2019-08-24 20:29:46 GMT
To avoid confusion, here's a step-by-step guide to putting your #Wordpress blog on the #Fediverse:

1. Log into your Wordpress site

2. Go to "Plugins", "Add New", search for "ActivityPub" plugin, install and activate it.

3. Go to "Users", then "Your Profile". Scroll down, and right at the bottom there's a new section called "Fediverse" with the blog's Fediverse address.

4. Share this address on #Mastodon etc, people will be able to follow it by pasting it into the search box and following it!
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switching.social - 2019-08-22 14:25:40 GMT
Something often requested is a libre alternative to Google Translate.

There's a site called Apertium which is a free open translation system:

https://www.apertium.org

It's still under development, you can help out at:

https://github.com/apertium

#GoogleTranslate #Alternatives #DeleteGoogle #Translation #FLOSS
 
switching.social - 2019-08-21 19:31:16 GMT
There are a couple of free open Notes / ToDo apps you can follow on the Fediverse:

@Carnet

@joplinapp

(This came up in another thread, thought it was worth repeating in a post.)

#Alternatives #ToDo #Notes
 
switching.social - 2019-08-20 14:26:41 GMT
Some were asking whether there is a Fediverse alternative to Facebook Events/Groups.

There is one on the way!

It's called Mobilizon, and it had a successful crowdfunding to cover development costs. The beta version is due out in October.

It will be free, open and federate with ActivityPub.

You can follow it on here:

@mobilizon

The website is here:

https://joinmobilizon.org

You can follow and help development here:

https://framagit.org/framasoft/mobilizon

#Alternatives #Mobilizon #DeleteFacebook
 
switching.social - 2019-08-19 13:41:32 GMT
You can greatly customise your Mastodon Notifications section by clicking on the slider icon in the top right corner.

Try the different settings, they're useful Image/photo

More #MastoTips:
https://mastodon.at/@switchingsocial/tagged/mastotips

#Mastodon
 
switching.social - 2019-08-19 15:53:17 GMT
Just to follow up on the recent post about ethical phone makers @Fairphone , a number of people asked if there was a more ethical OS on it too.

Fairphone comes with stock Google Android by default, but
Fairphone also make their own de-googlised version of Android called Fairphone Open:

https://code.fairphone.com

It doesn't come with the Fairphone by default, but because it's provided by Fairphone themselves it's relatively easy to install:

https://code.fairphone.com/projects/fp-osos/user/fairphone-open-source-os-installation-instructions.html

#Fairphone #Android
 
switching.social - 2019-08-17 14:25:04 GMT
You may know @nextcloud offers a free open storage system, but did you know it also has its own app ecosystem?

There are lots of extra apps you can add to your Nextcloud:

https://apps.nextcloud.com/

(Includes collaborative document editing, music streaming, video calling, calendar syncing, note taking, XMPP chat and lots more)

#NextCloud
 
switching.social - 2019-08-16 11:41:13 GMT
Friday feelings with #FollowFriday 🍸 🍻

📔 @Carnet Carnet: Free open alternative to Google Keep

🏭 @olimex Olimex: Makers of open electronics

🛡️ @protonvpn ProtonVPN: Hides your metadata from your ISP

👾 @itchio Itch.io: Cool DRM-free indie games

🐉 @rpginabox RPG in a Box: Create your own voxel-style RPGs

Previous Follow Friday posts:
https://mastodon.at/@switchingsocial/tagged/followfriday

#FF #FFed
 
switching.social - 2019-08-15 14:40:27 GMT
Do you wish the Fediverse had a Reddit-style link sharing and discussion system?

There are two in development, Prismo and Lemmy:

Prismo:
@prismo

Prismo source:
https://gitlab.com/prismosuite/prismo

Prismo demo instance:
https://prismo.xyz/

Lemmy:
@LemmyDev

Lemmy source:
https://github.com/dessalines/lemmy

#Reddit #Alternatives #Fediverse #ActivityPub #Federation
 
Do you wish the Fediverse had a Reddit-style link sharing and discussion system?

There are two in development, Prismo and Lemmy:

Prismo:
@prismo

Prismo source:
https://gitlab.com/prismosuite/prismo

Prismo demo instance:
https://prismo.xyz/

Lemmy:
@LemmyDev

Lemmy source:
https://github.com/dessalines/lemmy

#Reddit #Alternatives #Fediverse #ActivityPub #Federation
 
switching.social - 2019-08-15 14:40:27 GMT
Do you wish the Fediverse had a Reddit-style link sharing and discussion system?

There are two in development, Prismo and Lemmy:

Prismo:
@prismo

Prismo source:
https://gitlab.com/prismosuite/prismo

Prismo demo instance:
https://prismo.xyz/

Lemmy:
@LemmyDev

Lemmy source:
https://github.com/dessalines/lemmy

#Reddit #Alternatives #Fediverse #ActivityPub #Federation
 
switching.social - 2019-08-08 15:42:25 GMT
An official report for the Dutch government concluded:

“(Microsoft Office) systematically collects data on a large scale ... covertly, without informing people. … Microsoft does not offer any choice with regard to the amount of data, or possibility to switch off the collection.”

Don't use Microsoft Office, use LibreOffice instead 👍

It's free, open and you can get it here:

https://libreoffice.org

You can follow them on here:

@libreoffice

#MicrosoftOffice #Alternatives #LibreOffice










revealed: microsoft contractors are listening to some skype calls
 
switching.social - 2019-08-08 15:42:25 GMT
An official report for the Dutch government concluded:

“(Microsoft Office) systematically collects data on a large scale ... covertly, without informing people. … Microsoft does not offer any choice with regard to the amount of data, or possibility to switch off the collection.”

Don't use Microsoft Office, use LibreOffice instead 👍

It's free, open and you can get it here:

https://libreoffice.org

You can follow them on here:

@libreoffice

#MicrosoftOffice #Alternatives #LibreOffice






 
switching.social - 2019-08-07 13:54:41 GMT
The /e/ foundation has started selling phones with their own version of Android preloaded on them:

https://e.foundation/

The /e/ version of Android is aiming to be de-googlised, but there are still a few remnants of G on them:

https://infosec-handbook.eu/blog/e-foundation-second-look/

Just wondering what people think about /e/?

Should I list it as an alternative to Android? Is it degooglised enough to consider as a "least worst" option?

#Android #Alternatives #EFoundation
 
switching.social - 2019-08-06 13:07:35 GMT
The free open pro painting software #Krita has a PeerTube channel which has just become active Image/photo

You can follow Krita's official PeerTube at:

@kritafoundation

You can follow their official Mastodon account at:

@krita

You can download Krita from their official website, it's available for Windows, Mac and Linux:

https://krita.org/en

(NOTE: PeerTube is part of the Fediverse, so you can follow its channels and comment on its videos from Mastodon etc. 👍 )

#Alternatives
 

12 #Free #OpenSource #SPSS #alternatives for #Windows, #Linux and #macOS


SPSS is a proprietary statistical analysis software acquired by IBM in 2009. It offers statisticians, researchers, and students with advanced statistical analysis functions integrated within the program. SPSS also provides seamless integration with big data.
SPSS is not free and it's not cheap, though it does not work well on Linux systems as it does on Windows, so here we will provide a list of open-source free SPSS alternatives.
 
switching.social - 2019-07-27 11:24:35 GMT
If you want people to find your public posts on Mastodon or the rest of the Fediverse, there's something important you need to know:

📣 USE HASHTAGS!

For privacy reasons, the only way to search for posts on here is by hashtag. If you don't include tags, no one will see your post in searches.

Hashtags have to be spelt exactly, so #MastoTip and #MastoTips would bring up two separate sets of results. Include multiple tags if you're not sure.

More MastoTips:
https://mastodon.at/@switchingsocial/tagged/mastotips

#Mastodon
 
switching.social - 2019-07-18 11:26:33 GMT
If you're looking for an easy-to-use, privacy-friendly alternative to Microsoft's Skype, you might want to try Jami:

https://jami.net/

You can also follow them on here at:

@Jami

It's free, open and distributed, and available for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux.

It has no servers, calls are connected directly peer-to-peer over an encrypted connection.

#Jami #Skype #Alternatives #VOIP #DeleteMicrosoft
 
switching.social - 2019-07-16 13:16:47 GMT
Do you like Mario Kart? Do you like Libre software?

Then you might like #SuperTuxKart, which lets you race as various FLOSS mascots:

https://supertuxkart.net

It includes story mode, time trial, local multiplayer, online multiplayer and lots of mods too.

It's available for Linux, Mac, Windows and Android.

#MarioKart #Alternatives #Gaming #FLOSS
 
switching.social - 2019-07-11 10:55:10 GMT
The save-an-article service Pocket is useful, but it's also proprietary and tracks you.

There's a privacy-friendly free open alternative called #Wallabag you can use instead.

They have an official instance where you can sign up, suitable for non-technical users:

https://www.wallabag.it/en

There's also a project website which tells tech users how to self-host their own instance:

https://www.wallabag.org/en

You can follow Wallabag on here at:

@wallabag

#Pocket #Alternatives
 
switching.social - 2019-07-11 10:55:10 GMT
The save-an-article service Pocket is useful, but it's also proprietary and tracks you.

There's a privacy-friendly free open alternative called #Wallabag you can use instead.

They have an official instance where you can sign up, suitable for non-technical users:

https://www.wallabag.it/en

There's also a project website which tells tech users how to self-host their own instance:

https://www.wallabag.org/en

You can follow Wallabag on here at:

@wallabag

#Pocket #Alternatives
 
switching.social - 2019-06-27 11:02:59 GMT
#Funkwhale is a free open federated music storage and sharing platform:

https://funkwhale.audio

You can follow it on here at:

@funkwhale

If you want to see an instance in action, open.audio is a good example. It consists entirely of Creative Commons tracks that people have shared:

https://open.audio

#Alternatives #Music
 
switching.social - 2019-06-27 11:02:59 GMT
#Funkwhale is a free open federated music storage and sharing platform:

https://funkwhale.audio

You can follow it on here at:

@funkwhale

If you want to see an instance in action, open.audio is a good example. It consists entirely of Creative Commons tracks that people have shared:

https://open.audio

#Alternatives #Music
 
switching.social - 2019-06-20 11:15:10 GMT
If you've got a slow or old laptop, you may be able to speed it up by installing the Lubuntu operating system:

https://lubuntu.me

You can follow their official account here:

@lubuntu

Lubuntu is a lighter version of Ubuntu Linux. It can run the same apps as Ubuntu, but has a simpler interface that makes it run extremely quickly even on older/slower computers.

The increased speed is especially noticeable if you use it to replace Windows 👍

#Lubuntu #Linux #Ubuntu #Windows #Alternatives
 
switching.social - 2019-06-18 11:53:32 GMT
Last week, Mastodon adopted a beginner-friendly default interface 👍

So, maybe this would be a good time to spread the word about Mastodon to a wider audience?

If you're on Facebook/Twitter, you could do a little post about Masto with a link to https://joinmastodon.org ? And a link to a good instance running 2.9 or above?

(Also, I think some people were doing Mastodon posters?)

If people hear about Mastodon from many different sources, they are more likely to try it.

#Mastodon #Fediverse
 
switching.social - 2019-06-15 00:12:56 GMT
Forks of switching.social in other languages:

🇫🇷 French / En Français
https://switching.geber.ga/

🇩🇪 German / Auf Deutsch
https://switchingsocial.de/

🇮🇹 Italian / In Italiano
https://switching.ml/

(These sites are run by their maintainers/owners, please contact them directly if you have feedback or suggestions.)
 
switching.social - 2019-06-14 00:37:01 GMT
Woo! As you may have seen from that previous boost, Mastodon 2.9 is now out, featuring a new single column interface:

https://blog.joinmastodon.org/2019/06/mastodon-2.9/

This is, IMHO, a huge step forward for getting non-technical people onto Mastodon 👍

Instead of the Tweetdeck-style interface, there's now a default single-column timeline which is much less scary.

(The multicolumn original is still an option in Settings, and those who currently use multicolumn will continue to see it by default.)

#Mastodon #Fediverse
 

Good bye Diaspora


I've just had a really depressing period on Diaspora, people posting pretty nasty accusations against me which aren't true.

Just to set the record straight:
  • Switching.social is not a simple list of alternatives, it's a site about privacy-friendly alternatives for non-technical people. I started the site pre
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Good bye Diaspora


I've just had a really depressing period on Diaspora, people posting pretty nasty accusations against me which aren't true.

Just to set the record straight:
  • Switching.social is not a simple list of alternatives, it's a site about privacy-friendly alternatives for non-technical people. I started the site precisely because (as far as I can tell) no one else seemed to be doing something like this aimed at non-techies. Other alternatives sites either assume prior tech knowledge or include non-private alternatives.
  • There are no ads on switching.social, no sponsors, no trackers, no cookies, no visitor logs. I don't know anything about the people that visit, I don't even know how many visit, and I have no way of deriving any benefit from the site. I do the site beacuse I am very worried by the effect of privacy violations on society, and it's my way of trying to fight against the rot.
  • Most of what I do isn't visible on the site itself: I put a lot of time into reading up
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switching.social - 2019-06-12 12:05:12 GMT
Want to run a blog on the Fediverse, which people can follow from Mastodon etc?

There are several platforms which let you do this:

Write Freely
https://writefreely.org/
@write_as

Plume
https://joinplu.me/

ActivityPub plugin for Wordpress
https://wordpress.org/plugins/activitypub/
@pfefferle

Pterotype plugin for Wordpress
https://wordpress.org/plugins/pterotype/
@jdormit

#Blogs #Blogging #Medium #Alternatives #Wordpress
 
switching.social - 2019-06-12 12:05:12 GMT
Want to run a blog on the Fediverse, which people can follow from Mastodon etc?

There are several platforms which let you do this:

Write Freely
https://writefreely.org/
@write_as

Plume
https://joinplu.me/

ActivityPub plugin for Wordpress
https://wordpress.org/plugins/activitypub/
@pfefferle

Pterotype plugin for Wordpress
https://wordpress.org/plugins/pterotype/
@jdormit

#Blogs #Blogging #Medium #Alternatives #Wordpress
 
switching.social - 2019-06-08 12:58:42 GMT
Fediverse users who are blind or partially sighted rely on screen readers to read posts aloud.

It's important to add alt texts on images you post, so screen reader users know what is in them.

You can do this on Mastodon by clicking on "Describe for the visually impaired" after attaching an image.

But what if you forget?

Well, there's a useful bot which will send you an instant message if you forget to add alt text:

@alt_text

To use it, just follow it!

#FediTips #MastoTips #Mastodon
 
switching.social - Wed Jun 05 13:14:01 +0000 2019 GMT
If you want to use the Fediverse through a Facebook-style interface, you may want to try Friendica.
Some good instances to sign up at:
https://social.isurf.ca/
https://nerdica.net/
https://libranet.de/
You can use Friendica through the @fedilab app.
It federates through ActivityPub with Mastodon etc and it also lets you follow RSS feeds as if they were users.
The developers are very active with regular new releases.
#Friendica #Facebook #Alternatives #DeleteFacebook #ReplaceFacebook






 
I've been on friendica for a few months now and I'm liking it so far. It can federate with Diaspora\*, and from mobile I use the browser version
switching.social - 2019-06-05 13:14:26 GMT
If you want to use the Fediverse through a Facebook-style interface, you may want to try Friendica.

Some good instances to sign up at:

https://social.isurf.ca/
https://nerdica.net/
https://libranet.de/

You can use Friendica through the @fedilab app.

It federates through ActivityPub with Mastodon etc and it also lets you follow RSS feeds as if they were users.

The developers are very active with regular new releases.

#Friendica #Facebook #Alternatives #DeleteFacebook #ReplaceFacebook
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If you want to use the Fediverse through a Facebook-style interface, you may want to try Friendica.
Some good instances to sign up at:
https://social.isurf.ca/
https://nerdica.net/
https://libranet.de/
You can use Friendica through the @fedilab app.
It federates through ActivityPub with Mastodon etc and it also lets you follow RSS feeds as if they were users.
The developers are very active with regular new releases.
#Friendica #Facebook #Alternatives #DeleteFacebook #ReplaceFacebook



 

Someone confirm for me? ...


... that Image/photo @switching.social (@switching.social ) is deleting comments?

(If so, it's high-time for a fair switching.social list -- *Cause switching.social
already promotes Brian O's GIBBERFISH pod as the safe Facebook replacement.
Didja know that?)

So -- is the below comment, on this post -- or is it a share.naturalnews pod issue?

the post:
https://share.naturalnews.com/posts/d27f7fb0643301371e400050563e145e
(alt link)

my comment:
(I put it there twice).

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Someone confirm for me? ...


... that Image/photo @switching.social (@{switchingsocial@diaspora.town) is deleting comments?

(If so, it's high-time for a fair switching.social list -- *Cause switching.social already promotes Brian O's GIBBERFISH pod as the safe Facebook replacement. Didja know that?)

So -- is the below comment, on this post -- or is it a share.naturalnews pod issue?

the post:
https://share.naturalnews.com/posts/d27f7fb0643301371e400050563e145e
(alt link)

my comment:
(I put it there twice).

#... Show more...
 
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In case you missed it, #Carnet is a free open alternative to Google Keep. It lets you write and sync notes (including rich text, audio and images) on your phone and computer:

https://getcarnet.app

You can follow Carnet on the ActivityPub Fediverse here:
@Carnet@framapiaf.org

It syncs through #Nextcloud and #Owncloud, and there's an official public Nextcloud instance for people who don't have their own cloud:
https://carnet.live

The app is available on Google Play and #FDroid

#GoogleKeep #Alternatives #DeleteGoogle #NoteTaking #FLOSS #FOSS
 
switching.social - 2019-05-25 00:46:56 GMT
I'd recommend following @prismo which is a reddit-style network for the Fediverse.

It runs on ActivityPub so it will be compatible with mastodon etc, but it's not fully federating yet.

You can already try out the example site at:

https://prismo.xyz
 
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Looking to publish videos online but don't want to use Google's YouTube?


There's a privacy-friendly alternative called PeerTube: https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-youtube/

It's compatible with the ActivityPub Fediverse, so you can follow PeerTube channels, share videos, comment from Mastodon, Pleroma, Friendica etc.

#PeerTube #DeleteGoogle #DeleteYouTube #YouTube #Alternatives
 
Statt Google lieber eine freie Doodle Version nutzen ..
switching.social - 2019-05-22 11:17:37 GMT

### #Framadate is a free open alternative to Doodle: https://framadate.org

Like Doodle, Framadate lets you make quick, simple calendars and polls for finding out the opinions of your friends or colleagues without needing to register.

Unlike Doodle, Framadate respects privacy and doesn't show ads or track you.

It's made by @FramasoftFramasoft and the source code is at https://framagit.org/framasoft/framadate

#Doodle #Alternatives
 
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