Hospitality exchange community considers moving to the fediverse ;)

I outlined the reasons in my into post Hello from hospitality exchange community devs! The idea is drafted here: Federated Platform · Discussion #3 · mariha/federated-trustroots · GitHub I’d like to discuss the idea and possibly get some help in the direction where to go next. In particular, I am not sure if ActivityPub is what we should use to implement our federation. We are not social media platforms.

Hospitality exchange community considers moving to the fediverse

At SocialHub and for the Fediverse there’s a very interesting development. A diverse group of technologists involved in community-based Hospitality exchange are considering to make their online platforms federated, or create federated alternatives to them. One reason to do so is they are fleeing commercialisation of platforms that were always meant to be open and welcoming to anyone (as happened before with CouchSurfing for instance).

Among interested people are folks that contributed to the following platforms:

It may be that federation support is added to the existing codebase, or that apps are first forked before doing so, or even rebuilt from the ground up.

Your Brainstorming Challenge

Here’s your brainstorming challenge: Inspire each other on the possibilities!

  • How may these platforms manifest themselves on the Fediverse?
  • What does federation add that allows stronger community and flourishing exchanges?
  • What new and exciting functionality can be offered?

Encourage you to think beyond just microblogging / Mastodon-like functionality. Inspire these fine people that are considering fedi as their new home, and help them in any way you can!

Greatly encourage anyone to join SocialHub community and deepen the discussion there too.


I have been a couchsurfing host for around 12 years now and Airbnb host for 6. I stopped all that with pandemic. I have never heard of those communities you linked, which shocks me, as I try to be on top of these kind of trust exchanges. My opinion, which I don’t know it’s helpful but it’s coming from this experience and anxiety, is that I imagine myself perhaps in a couple of years having a scenario where I need to look for these networks and they are all out of my awareness, like happened here. I wonder if in that position, instead of having to know the name of the communities, if I would just post a host request and the hashtag #hostingexchange on let’s say Mastodon, im presented with the many active clusters at that point.


Yes indeed. Discovery (findability) is a very good point, and ease-of-participation. What’s interesting - and this is a pitfall most fedizens have - is that Fediverse goes way beyond Microblogging. Microblogging apps such as Pleroma and Mastodon were just the first application-type, and we are used to thinking of fedi as using an app with timelines to send messages back and forth. Fediverse however can interoperate deeply with any application-type.

I a future more task-oriented fediverse, our fediverse clients bring all the features of various apps together in a single UI. The instead of posting with a #hostingexchange hashtag, you’d say “Let’s plan a vacation” and choose from a variety of community-provide services and do all the planning and reservations in your client.

This hints at the real excitement of the Fediverse protocols. We only touched the tip of the iceberg with our current Microblogging-heavy focus.


That is indeed an exciting future. I think there is a big opportunity to work with visual communication professionals to convey these concepts, transform them into images and hypothetical experiences - it is true like you said that we tend to think as fediverse as Mastodon, because that’s the image that we have, and we think in images and in reference of what we know already. I think the mental image I have of the fediverse is this image of multiple dots connected instead of all going into a central one, which shows what decentralised means but doesn’t portray the potential or stimulate imagination for applications


I have proposed to add a new section “Domains” to the SocialHub forum, so that people can collaborate on specific areas, do projects together and standardize in interoperability mechanisms. Besides Hospitality Exchange there is for instance Open Science as a field where there may be a lot of interest on the fedi.


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Thanks, yes. To be part of something meaningful. That is the key! We should not let ourselves to be led to what traditional social media offers, as it will limit our imagination. I tend to use the term ‘social networking’ instead of ‘social media’. The former encompasses the rich and intricate social fabric that exists in the real world, and for which we want tech to be supportive to it in an online context.

Social Media Reimagined

This is a companion to Fediverse Futures on SocialHub to elaborate the Fediverse from high-level, non-technical perspectives, brainstorming our visions and dreams.

We need a more holistic approach to fedi development and evolution. We need product designers, graphics artists, UX / UI / Interaction designers, futurists and visionaries to join the dev folks. Everyone is encouraged to join here and enrich our views on what Fediverse can be with diverse and different viewpoints, and to stimulate brainstorming, creativity, thinking out-of-the-box and crazy, wild ideas.

Some guidelines

  • Choose a descriptive title that speaks for itself.
  • Be substantive in your comments and stay on-topic.
  • Treat others as you want to be treated, respectful.
  • Don’t be overly critical, we are just brainstorming.

Our fedi hashtags

#FediverseFutures #SocialNetworkingReimagined #UnitedInDiversity #YearOfTheFediverse #SocialHub #ActivityPub

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