Ethical alternatives to Facebook and Twitter


Mastodon is by far the most popular ethical social network with millions of users. You can watch their official video above, which explains how the site works. It’s a bit like Twitter, but with a much longer character limit and more flexible interface.

Behind the scenes, Mastodon is a bit different to most social networks: instead of being one big site, it’s a network of thousands of smaller independent sites (called “instances”) that are all linked together. Whichever site you sign up on, you can make friends with anyone on any other site because all the sites are connected.

The process of linking together lots of small sites into a network is called “federation”. Federation may sound unfamiliar, but it’s actually a process all of us use all the time, even if we don’t realise it.

Even better, your Mastodon account lets you follow people on other alternative social networks like Friendica (see below), Instagram alternative PixelFed, YouTube alternative PeerTube and many others. (This alliance of alternative social networks is called “the Fediverse”.)

You can try Mastodon by signing up at one of the sites below, and you can use your account on one of the Mastodon phone apps. (We’ve also done some hints and tips for new users.)

WHERE TO SIGN,,, and many others. You can also search Mastodon sign-up sites by topic and language.

ANDROID APPSFedilab, Subway Tooter, Tusky and others

iPHONE APPSToot!, Mast, Amaroq and others

MASTODON TRUNK – Click here to find people to follow on Mastodon by topic

p.s. If you enjoy using Mastodon and want to start your own instance as part of the network, you can do so very easily without any technical knowledge at



Friendica is a Facebook-style social network with similar features including events and photo albums.

Like Mastodon, Friendica is made up of many smaller sites linked together through federation. The smaller sites that make up the Friendica network are called “nodes”.

Friendica is also connected to Mastodon, Diaspora, PixelFed, PeerTube and many other alternative social networks, so you can make friends with people on all those networks too.

If you decide to sign up, you can register at the sites below. You might also want read our hints and tips on how to get started.

WHERE TO SIGN UP – Nerdica,, iSurf Social, HubUP and many others.




A long-running ethical alternative to Facebook, Diaspora is made up of lots of smaller sites called “pods”. Diaspora is also federated with Friendica.

If you decide to sign up, read our hints and tips on how to get started.

WHERE TO SIGN UPGibberfish Social,, DiasporaBR and many others.


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