Beginners Guide to Pixelfed
Pixelfed is a decentral, federated, ad-free & free-software photoblogging Platform. Decentral and federated means that there are multiple servers which are all their own platforms, but they communicate with each other, building a larger social network. Pixelfed is actually part of the Fediverse.
What does Pixelfed feel like?
Pixelfed is a lot like Instagram. You can only post image posts and your profile will display thumbnails of the images you uploaded. You can like & share other people's images and comment on them.
What are some advantages over Instagram?
- No tracking. Instagram is owned by Facebook and makes millions gathering your data. Behind Pixelfed there is no big company, but a community of volunteers. The decentral nature of Pixelfed means there is no one big data center with all the information of all users, but multiple servers with little data. You can even have your own server and own all your data yourself.
- No ads & no algorithm. Pixelfed doesn't choose what you get to see and there are no ads.
How to get an account?
First you need to pick an instance – a server that will be home to your account. There is a list of instances ordered by the number of accounts they host here. If it's important to you to get a lot of followers you best pick an instance with lots of people on it. If you don't speak English there is e.g. Pixelfed.de for German speakers and Pixelfed.uno for Italians. Once you picked an instance, just visit it and click on “register”. You'll need an eMail address and a password.
How to get started with your account
First fill out your profile info. Upload an avatar, add a website if you have one and pick your pronouns. Next post your first image and maybe add some text about you. Who are you? What do you do? What kind of posts can people expect from you? Maybe use the #introduction or #introductions hashtags.
Visit the public timeline which can be found under /timeline/public and start liking some posts and following some people. Posts by people you follow will appear in the home timeline.
Federation, meaning the discovery of posts and users from other instances doesn't work perfectly for Pixelfed yet. Basically you can be seen and followed by anybody on the fediverse, but following profiles on other Pixelfed instances or elswhere on the Fediverse still has some flaws. To follow you other people first have to discover your account and you can make that a lot easier by having a Mastodon account, where you share your Pixelfed posts.
Pixeldroid is an unofficial Pixelfed client for Android. For now there is no iOS app.
Here you'll find a list of interesting links about Pixelfed.