Friendica is a social media platform that is part of fediverse, a federated network of independent social media platforms that communicate with each other through open protocols. Friendica is distinguished by its interconnectivity with many other social networks and its focus on privacy and decentralization.
Friendica was launched in 2010, originally under the name "Friendika", with the aim of providing an alternative to centralized social media platforms. The platform has been designed since its inception to respect user privacy and allow fluid communication between different social networks.
Over the years, Friendica has gone through various stages of evolution:
These key milestones in Friendica's history underscore its ongoing commitment to user privacy and interoperability with other social media platforms. Its development has been possible thanks to the contribution of a global community of developers and users.
Friendica works through 'nodes', which are independent servers that make up the Friendica network. Each node has its own database and users, but all nodes can communicate with each other to share content and messages.
A highlight of Friendica is its ability to interoperate with a wide variety of other social media platforms. This means that Friendica users can follow and interact with users of other social networks, even those that are not part of the fediverso.
The main advantages of Friendica include:
Although Friendica has many advantages, it also faces some challenges. Its decentralized nature can make it difficult to moderate content and protect against spam or harassment. In addition, Friendica's user interface has been criticized for being less intuitive and attractive than that of other more conventional social networks.
Friendica also relies heavily on a community of volunteers for its development and maintenance, which can limit the rate at which new features are introduced or issues are resolved.
An instance in Friendica refers to a 'node', which is a standalone server that is part of the Friendica network. Each instance has its own database and its own users, but all instances can interact with each other to share posts and messages, thus creating a decentralized network.
The choice of instance to join is a decision made by each user. Instances vary in size, rules, and policies, and some may have specific characteristics or approaches that distinguish them. Once an instance is chosen and an account is created, it is not possible to move the account to another instance without creating a new account.
Some notable instances of Friendica are:
Users can search and select the instance that best suits their needs and preferences, and they can always interact with users from any other instance, regardless of which one they have joined.