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On August 15, 2019, we made the decision to go invite-only. This decision may be temporary, or it may be permanent. We'll see how it goes.

Any existing user can create and send invitations! Visit https://social.privacytools.io/invites to create an invite link. We highly encourage users to invite people they know or people that may be interested in joining our community.

If you're looking to join social.privacytools.io and don't know any existing users, that's fine too! Send an email to jonah@privacytools.io and maybe include a quick message about why you'd like to join this instance. We'd love to have you!

Why did this happen? Honestly, spam is one reason for sure. We want to cut down on the amount of automated registrations and we're hoping this helps. But another reason is just to keep this community small. Limiting registrations will help keep the quality of our conversations up. Not everything is about the user count!

Can I share invites publicly? Use your best judgement. If you want to send an invite to a group, forum, chat room, subreddit, etc. that's totally fine! We do ask that you either time-limit your invitation, or set a maximum number of uses for invitations you post publicly. There's options to do that on the invite creation page.

I don't want to wait for an invite. The beauty of Mastodon is federation: A user on one instance can interact with a user on another! There's many other great instances listed at joinmastodon.org, and you'll still be able to follow and message users on this instance, and any other instance!

Who to follow?

Here are some privacy related profiles accross the Mastodon Network.

privacytools.io @privacytools@social.privacytools.io

BurungHantu @BurungHantu@social.privacytools.io

OpenNIC Project @opennic@triplebit.net

Jonah @jonah@social.privacytools.io

Mastodon @Mastodon@mastodon.social

The Tor Project @torproject@mastodon.social

Privacy International @privacyint@mastodon.xyz

ProtonMail @protonmail@mastodon.social

ProtonVPN @protonvpn@mastodon.social

Tutanota @Tutanota@mastodon.social

Nextcloud @nextcloud@mastodon.xyz

Qwant.com @Qwant@social.privacytools.io

LibreOffice @libreoffice@fosstodon.org

Purism @purism@librem.one

Matrix.org @matrix@mastodon.matrix.org

PixelFed @pixelfed@mastodon.social

Prismo @prismo@mastodon.social

Funkwhale @funkwhale@mastodon.eliotberriot.com

CryptPad @cryptpad@social.weho.st

Disroot.org @disroot@social.weho.st

YunoHost @yunohost@mastodon.social

switching.social @switchingsocial@mastodon.at

ThinkPrivacy.io (Dan Arel) @danarel@mastodon.technology

infosec-handbook.eu @infosechandbook@mastodon.at

CCC @CCC@social.bau-ha.us

FreedomBox @freedomboxfndn@mastodon.social

Freedombone @freedombone@soc.freedombone.net

Electronic Frontier Foundation (Unofficial) @eff@mastodon.social

Tusky @Tusky@mastodon.social

Keybase @keybase@mastodon.social

Debian @debian@fosstodon.org

Matomo (Piwik) @Matomo@mastodon.social

Nitrokey @Nitrokey@chaos.social

Yale Privacy Lab @privacylab@mastodon.social

blacklight447 @blacklight447@social.privacytools.io

More? Check out Trunk

Trunk allows you to mass-follow a bunch of people in order to get started with the Fediverse.