The future of the Federated social network

What is the today’s situation ?

At present, there are two supernetworks in the federated social communication space, and they run on different protocols. They are known as The Fediverse, and The Federation. Le’t look at a shema. A picture is often much more understandable that lot of words.




You have in one side Diaspora with diaspora protocol and Gnusocial with Ostatus protocol.  Mastodon who use Ostatus protocole can talk with Gnusocial user.

What is the Fediverse?

The Fediverse has historically operated as a microblogging network, and uses the OStatus protocol for servers to communicate with one another. In all, it pulls together six different platforms: GNU Social, postActiv, Pleroma, Mastodon, Friendica, and Hubzilla. StatusNet was eventually pivoted into the GNU Social project, where development has continued at a steady pace. It has been forked into the postActiv project, which aims to clean up the system’s backend and user interface. Mastodon was initially developed as a Ruby on Rails-based OStatus implementation, and can also connect to these other networks. Finally, the Pleroma project started as an alternative frontend for GNU Social, but now has its own backend written in Elixir


What is The Federation?

The Federation is an interop network consisting of 278 different connected servers that communicate using the Diaspora federation protocol. This is a different communication standard from OStatus, and allows four distinct platforms to all communicate with one another: Diaspora, Friendica, Hubzilla, and Socialhome.

What is the future ?

.At the moment, several projects in the space are working to adopt new supplementary protocols ActivityPib, with the intent of building better bridges between one another.

We can see on this diagram that Friendica, Hubzilla and PostActiv has an advantage aver other application.

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