Yarn.social ¶

Yarn.social is a decentralised self-hosted social media
based on the Twtxt format
(with Extensions) that has a privacy-first focus.

There are no ads, no tracking, and no personal information is ever collected or stored.

Read more About Yarn.social or try the Demo Pod today!

Please contribute financially if you can! 🙏

👉 Getting Started ¶

Try it now!

Yarn.social is completely decentralized and operates on a 'pull'-based model – not unlike ActivityPub based platforms like Mastodon. In order to get onboard and start following your friends, family or colleagues, you need a feed and a client.

You can either Join an existing Pod that runs
Yarn.social's multi-user decentralised and distributed software called yarnd,
or you can Run-a-pod yourself on your own server (or even on a
Raspberry Pi Raspberry Pi logo)! And finally you can Manually host your own feed and use any "compatible" client of your choosing, or write a new one that implements the specifications. Enjoy! 🤗

🤗 Join an existing Pod ¶

Join Today!

You are welcome to join one of the existing pods listed here:

Pod Location Operator
twtxt.net Australia/Brisbane @prologic
nfld United Kingdom @jlj
zn80.net Europe/Germany @carsten
neotxt.dk Europe/Scandinavia @darch
yn.vern.cc America/Eastern @aryak and @cobra

Note: Due to increased spam and link submission bots and/or marketing/seo
type folks that don't know any better, some pods have disabled "Open Registration". If you'd like to join a pod that has registrations disabled, you'd best contact its operator. An Invite System will be built soon.™

📱 Mobile App ¶

There is a native Mobile App for Yarn.social pods!

NOTE: The mobile app is being rebuilt and re-branded. Test versions are available.

🧶 Run-a-Pod ¶

Deploy to Vultr!

📣 NEW: (17 April 2022) Yarn is now available in the Vultr App Marketplace! See https://www.vultr.com/marketplace/apps/yarn for more details.

If you have Docker installed and available to run containers you can run a yarnd instance by simply running:

1$ docker run -p 8000:8000 prologic/yarnd

Pre-compiled binaries can be found on the yarn Releases page,
and are compiled by James Mills; the *-checksums.txt.sig can be verified with the GPG public key C1F16643ADFF61B4A39EA3FEAC4C014F1440EBD6.

Otherwise, if you wish to compile from source and build yarnd yourself -- be sure to have Go installed -- run the following:

1$ git clone https://git.mills.io/yarnsocial/yarn
2$ cd yarn
3$ make deps
4$ make

Now launch your instance by running:

1yarnd

For options, see yarnd --help.

Please refer to the Configuring your Pod
guide for a production pod setup.

For other setups and community documentation on setting up a Yarn.social pod, please see Our Pod Owners' Wiki; contributions are very welcome!

💪 Self Host Manually ¶

Joining the Yarn.social / Twtxt social ecosystem is as simple as writing a
RFC3339 timestamp, followed by a tab and your post to a text file, and then hosting that on a public web server. For example:

1$ echo -e "$(date -Is)\tHello World" >> twtxt.txt

That's it! (But do read on...)

Since Yarn.social is built upon the Twtxt
spec with a few small (optional) extensions,
all you need to do to join the network and participate in the growing number
of users and conversations is:

For the best experience your client should also support some of the
Twtxt Extensions developed by Yarn.social's
development team and community. For example, being able to participate in
"threads" by implementing the Twt Subject and Twt Hash extensions, and the
Metadata extensions to advertise information about your feed, such as a
description and avatar.

🕸 Clients ¶

The following clients are modern up-to-date and well maintained clients that
fully support the Twtxt
and Twtxt Extensions:

📕 Example ¶

A complete example of a feed would look like this:

# nick        = Yarn
# url         = https://yarn.social/twtxt.txt
# avatar      = https://yarn.social/logo.png
# description = Yarn.social is a decentralised self-hosted social media based on the Twtxt format.

2022-10-30T23:20:41+10:00	Hello World

Which also happens to be the same feed at twtxt.txt; you can follow it in your client by entering the feed uri of https://yarn.social/twtxt.txt or @-mentioning the feed with either @<Yarn https://yarn.social/twtxt.txt> (the Twtxt mention format) or [email protected] (the yarnd mention syntax).

Enjoy! 🤗

🌐 Hosting ¶

Coming soon™

👨‍🔧 Services ¶

The following supporting services help to support the Yarn.social platform and
are provided for the benefit of all users:

💾 Sources ¶

The project is managed by a self-hosted Gitea instance
at: https://git.mills.io/yarnsocial

👨‍💻👩‍💻 Contributing ¶

Please contribute to our collective, every donation helps us continue to improve the software, ecosystem, mobile app(s) and supporting services that make up Yarn.social 🙏

Otherwise you can help the project by contributing ideas, bug fixes, improvements, etc, we're always looking for new contributors and we still have loads of things to do!

Please reach out to @prologic or join our Gitea instance at https://git.mills.io/ and start filing issues and pull requests to the main project.

💬 Collaboration ¶

We have an IRC channel #Yarn.social on the Libera.Chat
IRC network. You are welcome to come chat with us and hang out.

For your convenience, you may wish to use the Web Chat client.

🕵️‍♂️ Privacy and Abuse Policy ¶

Yarn.social is a decentralised social media platform that supports micro-blogging (Twts) and full blogging. Pods (or individual instances) are owned and operators by "Pod Owners" or "Pod Operators". Pods can either be configured as single-user or multi-user (the default).

As such all Yarn.social pods share the following default Abuse and Privacy policies:

Note: The privacy policy applies to ALL Yarn.social pods as the software yarnd DOES NOT collect any personally identifiable information from users (i.e., no PII), or any metadata or analytics of any kind, nor does it send, sell or transfer any data from pods to any third parties.

🙋‍♀️ 🙋‍♂️ FAQ ¶

Q: Is Yarn.social a "social media" alternative?

A: Yes and no.

Yarn.social is really an ecosystem, a collection of specifications, clients and tools that users can use to interact with one another
"socially", in the open and transparently.

Q: Does Yarn.social use Twtxt?

A: Yes. And it also extends the Twtxt specification with Extensions.

Q: Are any of these extensions required or mandatory?

A: Absolutely not!

You are free to use Twtxt however you wish.
You are also free to use all, some or none of the Extensions.
The choice is yours! However most (if not all) of the extensions were a formalization
of what was already being actively used by the Twtxt community. See below for more details.

Q: Which are the most important Extensions?

A: Of course any ranking is debatable, but since all extensions have
the goal to improve interaction and some of them are the result of what
a lot of feeds settled on anyways, this might help you:

  1. Twt Hash Extension
    in combination with
    Twt Subject Extension
    for forming conversation trees
  2. Multiline Extension
    for writing longer twts with paragraphs
  3. User-Agent Extension
    for discovering feeds with multi-user clients
  4. Metadata Extension
    for additional feed metadata like description
  5. Archive Feeds Extension
    for archiving and rotating long feeds

See FAQ for more frequently asked questions.

👨‍⚖️ Licenses ¶

Most of the software components here are licensed under the terms of the
AGPL-3.0 License with the exception of the hosting platform.