Hi Fediverse 👋

let me sum up the situation around

Around September 20th, the original (anonymous) author of shut down its website and all related Social Media accounts, including mastodon 🤔

This info reached me (@tobias ) the next day via my German version @swisode .

As there hasn't been any sign of life since then, I restored the website and created this new account. Right now I'm out of spare time to work on it, but that'll change in a few weeks 🙂

@aral Hi, thanks for pointing out the ambiguity of my profile description concerning the person behind the new account. See my pinned post (the one I'm replying to here) for the whole background. 🤔

I will update my profile info as soon as I can - will take a few days though as I can't do this via app. 🙂

@the_englishman I will do so, already wrote down your handle after your first offer to help 😁

@switchingsoftware @tobias @swisode Thank you very much, it's really kind of you to step up.

@switchingsoftware @tobias @swisode

For people who missed it (since it's on your home page but not in the toot):

@switchingsoftware @tobias @swisode That's very sad -- I hope they're OK. I know putting yourself out there endorsing and un-endorsing things can expose you to a lot of criticism, I wonder if they found themselves under some kind of attack.

@switchingsoftware @tobias @swisode thank you for keeping this project alive! I hope the original founder is okay...

@switchingsoftware thank you very much for reviving the good work! I hope the original author is okay. I missed switching social. The whole project has been a very meaningful contribution to our fediverse life

You are one of the good guys, someone who puts some time aside fo the others :)
@tobias @swisode

@zem I'm aware of this issue 🙂 The changes will take some time as I have to maintain German and English version now and the latter is currently quite a mess 😅

@njoseph_1 Love the idea of sharing one's personal stack 👍 Some interesting entries in there I havent heard of yet 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


Maybe it would be a good idea to open source the site content, and get a few maintainers.

Encourage people to submit changes themselves, which could be approved by a couple of maintainers.

@tobias @swisode

@danjones Exactly! That's also my goal for this 😁 I'm currently preparing everything.

Btw: The current codebase is already open-source:

But as it is quite a mess, I'm setting up a project from scratch currently:

Call for feedback and maintainers / helpers will follow soon 🙂

@switchingsoftware @danjones
thats awesome. I may put forth my time in helping if you do a call. though I only know english so wouldnt be any use for the other instance.

@switchingsoftware @tobias @swisode thanks F-Droid for boosting this. It's y first time to know SwitchingSoftware, I'm looking for such thing.

@switchingsoftware @tobias @swisode Thanks for picking up the mantle! It's such a good resource! :)

@switchingsoftware @tobias @swisode

I found so many alternatives through #switchingsocial- I hope the original author is OK, and thanks for stepping up! I didn't always agree with some of the choices or the reasons, but I don't think that's any reason to harangue any person, and I hope that's not what happened, and that they are safe and happy. 😞

@chuckdee @switchingsoftware @tobias @swisode

> I didn't always agree with some of the choices or the reasons, but I don't think that's any reason to harangue any person

unfortunately, everybody doesn't agree with you about that last part, especially on the instances and areas that the rest of the fed's trying to quarantine 😔

hopefully they're okay

but the anonymity wasn't a mistake, it seems :blobsad:

@switchingsoftware it's pretty cool how "SwiSo" lets you pretty seamlessly switch from Social to Software, which I think is a better term anyway since it doesn't leave you focused on just social terms.

Thanks for taking the time to get something back up so quickly; I know a lot of people relied on the previous account.

@switchingsoftware @tobias @swisode

When I try to go to switching dot social, my security software does not like.

"Web Protection by
Suspicious page blocked for your protection
[https switching dot social slash switching]
Your connection to this web page is not safe due to an untrusted security certificate.
Phishing sites often use fake certificates that trigger this alert, and their goal is to obtain your sensitive information."

@hhardy01 Please go to instead 🙂

.social is the old site that was taken down by the original author. That's why the certificate is out of sync with the placeholder page of the hosting company.

@switchingsoftware @tobias @swisode

it's always nice to see when a community of people has some who can step up to help with stuff like this ^_^ the more people out of the corp meat grinder social media the better

@switchingsoftware @tobias @swisode Im here to help as well. Let me know what I can do. is at your service as well. Ill definately be adding you to the important links page soon. was key in getting me into the fediverse and off the big tech. Time to pay it forward

@switchingsoftware Thanks so much, Tobias :) And thanks again for doing this. I will start referring people to from now on :)

@switchingsoftware nice! Thanks for doing this @tobias - with all the hoopla around Meetup's announcement yesterday, I saw someone put this list together - may be worth picking through to see if any qualify for the SwitchingSocial site:

@switchingsoftware @tobias also, Open Culture has a lot of free online courses / books / movies / audio books / etc that may be nice to include:

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