Twitter, the concept, is a wonderful idea: your user profile is a timeline of posts and you can build your own news feed of other people's posts. No stories, no complicated “about” pages, everything is chronological, blah blah blah.
Pleroma tries to get back to Twitter's roots by presenting a simple (chronological) timeline, no ads, and offers many decent mobile & desktop apps that are free and open source. However, even better than that (and what makes it distinct from rival services such as Minds.com and others) is that it is part of a decentralized network with thousands of servers and millions of users. We have talked about the advantages of decentralized networks before in our series of matrix articles, but to briefly recap, decentralization is preferred by the admins in the “homebrew” side of the internet – a network with many servers offers more privacy, more control, and more resiliency than dependency on a single server hosted by a single entity.
Pleroma, Mastodon, and similar software in this network are building a “federated universe” – for short, fediverse. Come give Fediverse a shot and kick your Facebook addiction!
TL;DR: it's a decentralized Twitter clone with a number of advantages:
Signing up for the Brickshop Microblog service is very painless. To begin, point your web browser to our Registration page. You'll be prompted to provide the server with several pieces of information:
Now finish setting up your profile by either clicking the menu button and tapping the wrench in the top right (mobile) or by clicking the wrench to the right of your avatar (desktop). From here, you can set an avatar and header pic. You can also add additional privacy settings here: hiding your profile from search engines, hiding your followers / following list, making your account “private” (must manually approve followers), etc.
If you need content warnings, go to the other settings menu (indicated by a gear) and scroll to the section that says “Timeline.” The second option, “collapse posts with subjects,” is what you're looking for.
I would suggest scrolling down to the bottom of the main settings menu and clicking the box that says “enable web push notifications” – this will give you alerts when people engage with you
We can largely divide use of Pleroma into two parts, “reading” and “writing”
Now that you've finished signing up, you should see a screen that looks something like this:
This is called the federated timeline (or “the whole known network”) and is one cool thing that sets apart Fediverse from Twitter and other traditional social networks. Every public post in the network that our server “sees” will automatically pop up here! If you don't see anything interesting on your feed, go over here and you might find someone cool to follow.
There are some other timelines you should look at:
Public timeline is a list of all public posts on our server. This is a bit like the federated timeline in that it's an easy way to find new people to follow or see some chatter when things are slow. Until our server picks up momentum, though, it's probably going to be a bit quiet.
Timeline is the regular feed we're all used to with Twitter and Facebook: it's simply a list of posts and reposts from people you follow. This is probably where you'll spend most of your time.
Hashtags are a special kind of filtered timeline. They operate kind of like a chatroom on a given topic. We recommend including a
#hashtag often in your public posts when relevant to help people find stuff – maybe things like #pdx, #sea, #alerta, #blog, whatever.
The worst part about federated networks is that when they're young, there's very little content available locally. The good news is that if you happen to find that a friend is using another server, you can follow them, and their posts will start showing up in the feed as well as “friend of a friend” content.
Pleroma's authorship model is closer to Facebook than it is Twitter. Although posts resemble tweets, there are some key differences:
And here's our final word of advice: a Pleroma <--> Twitter bridge exists that allows every post you make on Twitter to be backed up to Pleroma, and every post you make on Pleroma is likewise posted to Twitter. This is handy if you have concerns about getting banned by Twitter or simply want your content to reach as many people as possible.
Just the same way you use it on desktop! The mobile website is awesome by default.
You can try https://social.brickshop.io/web instead if you'd like.
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When posting ….
User profile settings (wrench):
Site settings (gear):
Mastodon / Tweetdeck frontend Find the Pleroma look kind of, hmm, stale? An alternative frontend is built in that looks like Tweetdeck on Desktop, and simply a different approach to twitter on mobile. You can get to it at https://social.brickshop.io/web and login with your same password. This is cool on Desktop because you can add new columns for news sources / hashtags you wanna follow.