The months on (May 2020)

The months on (May 2020)

The development work is now over for May 2020 and we are ready to present everything that happened around to you. A lot of things happened and we don’t want you to miss out on all these important changes.

The big migration

We migrated from to our own infrastructure and it was a huge success. This gives is a lot more flexibility over what software can run on the server and a lot more scalability. If you need a Mastodon server yourself we can highly recommend, they have good pricing and a nice support e-mail. Hugo (the owner of helped us to get the data from A to B and was there to give us some hints to fix some last minute bugs. Everything should run smoothly now and I hope you like the new


You may have heard that we switched to our own fork of the “glitch-soc” platform. This also means we successfully migrated from to our own infrastructure with a little bit of help. Given that we implemented a number of new features and here is just a small list of changes:

  • Media improvements
  • Images inside the CW spoiler
  • fullwidth images
  • scaling options
  • Formatted toots
  • Reply selection in lists
  • Filter improvements
  • Highlighting of misleading links
  • Hiding follower count
  • An app settings modal
  • Collapsible toots
  • Toot visibility icons
  • Local-only toots
  • Threaded mode
  • data-* attributes on statuses for custom CSS targeting
  • Advanced theming via flavours+skins
  • Doodle

Whitelist mode

We switched into a mode called “whitelist mode” on This was a really tough decision to make, but we already whitelisted instances where most of our content comes from anyway so that shouldn’t be a huge problem for most of our users then. We did this to prevent abuse to our systems. Since the fediverse is an open network anyone could join, especially bad actors and we wanted to throw them out to improve the overall user experience.

A native app

Our latest survey gave us the impression that users wanted to have a native, more performant app on their Android phones. We listened and created our own fork of Husky which allows you to sign in with your account and lets you enjoy the latest features while having a performant and consistent user interface. The current limitations are no support for HTML (since it’s easier to type Markdown on a phone) and no support for stickers or animated emojis. We hope that we can address the last two issues in future updates, but for now we want you to enjoy the app.


We got nominated with BlueOS on Distro Watch! This is a huge thing and we hope we get listed soon to attract more people to this project. BlueOS is a Linux distribution by with a focus on gaming, productivity and the internet. The goal is to have an easy to use operating system that runs great everywhere, especially on limited hardware. We think that recycling your computer with Linux and giving it a second chance is a good thing and we invite you to try it out on your old Windows XP machine (64-bit is required!). You can download BlueOS from


I hope everyone has a good June and we also want to wish you a happy summer and pride month and wanted to say that black lives indeed matter. If you want to help out hop over to our communication channels or give us some money so we can stay awake through the nights. This was the wrap up for last month and I hope you liked the changes. If you want to give us some feedback or have comments or suggestions, press the feedback button on the bottom right corner. and what the Keybase/Zoom acquisition means and what the Keybase/Zoom acquisition means

Keybase has been acquired by Zoom. This is huge news for us, but it also means that a company known to create secure software is now in the hands of a company that had done years of damage to privacy and user trust. Today we are not going to support Keybase in the future and cease any integration of Keybase into services. This also means you have to download new builds for the desktop app any time soon as files were partially hosted on Keybase. Existing builds continue to run, but will fail updating.

Have a nice day and stay safe 💪

The months on (March-April 2020)

The months on (March-April 2020)

The development work is now over for April 2020 and we are ready to present everything that happened around to you. A lot of things happened and we don’t want you to miss out on all these important changes.

The big summer migration

You might have heard that we are going to migrate to a new host on June 26 2020 (note that down in your calendar). This means we would then have a lot more flexibility than we already have which also means that it will allow us to introduce new features. We are also currently thinking about migrating to glitch-soc which should go flawlessly. If the migration was successful all users will get an e-mail (and our people on Zulip and the app will get a notification as well) so make sure you check your inbox on a regular basis on this day. This is a huge step and we can’t wait to introduce you to the new features glitch-soc will offer you. Note that we will discontinue the Matrix server so make sure that you migrate your Matrix account to another instance (like or, is too huge to handle the traffic fast enough) and we will also discontinue the Git server so make sure you get your code off it before it’s being shut down. We recommend using many of the free code hosting sites like Gitlab or GitHub.

The app now has notifications

What’s making this sound? Brrring! It’s the new app with notifications. Everyone who downloaded the APK file or the app from Google Play will receive notifications about important announcements, updates and things that happened inside of right on their phones. The F-Droid version won’t receive updates anymore, but since there has been no security flaws or new features apart from notifications (which requires the use of proprietary Google libraries) it’s not a big deal. The push backend is completely open-source like everything we do, so take a look at the code and report anything unusual to us. App - Push Notifications on lock screen

A more professional style

We dropped our old bunny-pal from the loading animations and replaced it with a soothing dot animation. Even though we dropped the hopping bunny animation from the loading screen the bunny will still cry if something bad happened. We also changed the background on the front page to match it more with our server banner and cleaned up the front page to only display the most useful information to people. The change should display in a more professional manner, but also keep the overall style that makes stand out as well. The desktop app also received these changes. Desktop - Loading

Minor updates

The base (Mastodon) has been updated to version 3.1.3 and the Matrix Synapse server has been updated to version 1.12.3. The Matrix server will receive updates until this summer until it’s being shut down at the big summer migration. Git has been updated to Gitea version 1.11.2 and will also receive updates until the big summer migration. We also fixed the issue on Git which has lead to some browsers incorrectly retrieve the custom stylesheet.


koyu also recently discovered Overwatch for herself and invites everyone to play a round or two. Hit her up on at bubblineyuri#2146 for some games with the community. It will be a lot of fun.