The Fediverse is a different kind of social network. Nobody owns it or controls it. It is built on open standards just like the web itself
and allows anybody to participate. There are currently thousands of Fediverse websites running dozens of completely different software applications(*)
with millions of members - and they can all connect together as if they were a single large social network. Some of these applications mimic the
functionality of large corporate providers like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Some offer completely new and different functionality.
Ads and personal data collection are extremely rare, and site operators who engage in these activities are often identified quickly and shunned by the community at large.
Mistpark was the second major fediverse project and was originally released to the public in July 2010. The first fediverse project was OpenMicroBlog in 2008 (which later became StatusNet). Over the years, Mistpark evolved into a number of distinct fediverse projects such as Friendica, Hubzilla, Osada, RedMatrix, and Zap.
Now we've come full circle and returned to our roots with the launch of Mistpark 2020 (aka 'Misty'). This incorporates newer protocols and a wealth of experience we've picked up along this fascinating journey, while remaining true to our original principles. These are 1) decentralised control with a level playing field - where large servers have no inherent advantage over smaller ones, 2) ethics, and 3) online safety. We feel these are critical to the success of the fediverse over time.
Misty provides an experience that is familiar and comfortable to Facebook users, with some additional functionality - and with some of the best privacy and anti-abuse features available in the Fediverse today. It also provides easy access to features like events, groups, circles, and collections. Misty is public domain software.
(*) Compatible with Mastodon, Pleroma, Pixelfed, Friendica, Hubzilla, Funkwhale, Peertube, Plume, WriteFreely, Zap, and many, many more.