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Movim is the latest in decentralised social networks to hit the scene, the most well-known being Diaspora. It’s entirely open-source code, built using PHP, SQL, HTML5 and CSS. The main sentiment behind the project is that you should be the one who has control over your data.

The network is built using pods (also known as nodes), which are servers run by anyone willing to host them. The software required to host a pod is simple to install, so it’s easy for regular users to host their own pod for their own usage. This means your data stays with you.

open-source social network

For those who aren’t interested in hosting a pod, there are now a few public pods listed for you to join. Click on the link for the pod you want to use in order to sign up to Movim. Choose a pod near you for the best results. If you want to change to a new pod, you can easily export your data from your original pod and import into your new choice.



  • Host your own server or join a free one.
  • Keep your data private.
  • Transfer your account to a new pod at any time.
  • Simple interface for social networking.

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  1. Jane
    February 25, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Yes people on node "A" can easy talk with friend on node "B". No problem. is a federated social network. And yes, is easy to use. :)

  2. Vampie C.
    August 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I don't really get the purpose of that.

    If you choose node A, can your messages then be read on node B?

    And what's the use if all your friends stay on facebook?

    I think this is the main problem with "alternatvie" social networks: the main users, the non techy-savvy don't use it, so the "social" isn't really present.

  3. Lee
    August 1, 2012 at 2:58 am

    While I like that this is completely open-source (and the UI looks pretty nice too), I don't think it will catch on with normal users. Having to select a "pod" would be too confusing for non tech-savvy users, let alone setting up their own server to run their own pod.