Fedi-To

Why Fedi-To?

Fedi-To is a service designed for bloggers, by bloggers, who also use Mastodon or other "fediverse" apps. It allows us to link to such apps, while having the links preferentially open in the reader's app. This allows the reader to immediately interact with the fediverse content.

Centralized social media allows the reader to immediately interact with the content, coming from an external source. This creates a "click blackhole" effect, which drives up engagement on the platform, helping to keep users around. But traditionally, federated social media has mostly been a "click sprawler", where you click out of it and never come back, precisely because it doesn't have this "return path".

If centralized social media didn't support immediate engagement from returning users, it'd also lose users over time. In other words, it's important to keep a balance between "users leaving your network" and "users returning to your network". Fedi-To creates that return path for federated networks, allowing them not just to survive but also to thrive.

Using Fedi-To

If you're an user of federated apps, check with your instance admin for Fedi-To support! You may be able to set it up so Fedi-To links open in your instance!

If you're a blogger, the Fedi-To API documentation shows how to make Fedi-To URLs you can put in your posts.

If you're a federated app developer, the protocol-handler specification provides instructions for how to implement Web-First Protocol Handlers.

If you're an instance admin, feel free to get in touch! The preferred way for this is the GitHub.

About Fedi-To

Fedi-To is attempting to redefine Web-based Protocol Handlers, by both making them a Web-first system and bringing them to mobile. Fedi-To helps handle web+ protocols while providing an improved user experience. It is our hope that by making this service, we can show how Web Protocol Handlers can significantly improve the web.

The current pilot includes only a handful of handlers; wide availability is still being worked on. However, we also support /.well-known/protocol-handler, which allows anyone to provide Fedi-To compatibility while also providing a more useful fallback than the built-in handlers. Check out our Open Source Collaboration Space on GitHub for more information on specifications, including how to participate, and Fedi-To API documentation.

This project is made by Soni L., you can support them on Patreon.