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You is so weird how we get sucked into playing our roles in whatever culture we are from. And it is true for me as well. For everybody. Sitting here planning to start editing TROM II; or thinking about adding a new trade-free service to our directory or; or a new documentary to VN. Or thinking about money and the lack of, or reading some tromnews and all that.....

Then I get goosebumps when I realize that FUCK ME DUDES all of these things like stars, atoms, cells, exoplanets, evolution, are all real. We put words on them, we describe what science is and how these are "facts". But nonono these are REAL. Fuck me. How can this be true!?

Fucking mind blowing. Think about it! Focus. Think. Absorb.

You have one chance to understand and absorb these. Don't fuck it up. Because you are on a plane that will crash at one point, and that's for sure. You won't fly forever.

I am fighting to not lose this human feeling inside of me. And I hope to never lose it. Getting sucked into the daily life, underneath a blanket of 100km of atmosphere, blasted with the cultural and societal tsunamis, is a challenge. But resist! Change if you have to! ;)

Can't believe all of these things we learned through science are one thing to know, is a different thing to understand.


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Haha. That taking a shit example was really a joke, but I understand what you mean. If you look through a certain perspective, everything becomes interesting and curious.
Here's an interesting video about farts 😁 -

But what I really meant to say with the previous post is that we usually get caught up doing something in life and its normal to forget about stuff like this. Those goosebumps come and go, they're not constant.
Yup I knew it was a joke but I wanted to make a point haha. And oh look, when Vsauce was doing great videos. What happened to him...thx for sharing ;). And I get your point for sure.

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The New Church of Crypto-Economy

Another UN article. This time about Bitcoin and Blockchain.

They say:
"each Mastercard transaction is estimated to use just 0.0006 kWh (kilowatt hours), whilst every Bitcoin transaction consumes 980 kWh, enough to power an average Canadian home for more than three weeks, according to some commentators."

Which is insane. But then they also say:
"Despite these issues, UN experts believe that cryptocurrencies and the technology that powers them (blockchain) can play an important role in sustainable development, and actually improving our stewardship of the environment."

Blockchain is a completely different thing. It is like coupling the Internet with Paypal. Blockchain is a very useful technology (and quite old) - as we explain it in detail in our book, here . Unfortunately Blockchain, which is simply a more secure and transparent way to keep track of "transactions" or "interactions", is used to invent currencies. Instead it could be used to keep track of medical records, biodiversity, or the nights you could not sleep because you were too aroused, since pretty much anything is more relevant than using it to create a currency. So the Internet is a great invention. Paypal....not really, unless you compare it with traditional banking, in which case yes Paypal is slightly better (easier to use, faster, etc.). Same way Bitcoin or other similar cryptocurrencies, are slightly better than say Paypal-like entities, or banks.

But that's like saying hanging yourself is better than jumping from a 20 story building, because you can hang yourself at home, you feel less pain because the rope cuts the blood supply to your brain and you pass out very quickly, and you argue it is more safe because jumping from such a tall building you can land on someone else's head and kill them. To which I agree, hanging seems better. But that's the only difference between Bitcoin (handing), and jumping from a 20 story building (banks). But you are still dead... In the end both are currencies and both lead to massive corruption, inequality, lies, and the continuation of the game of trade that consumes us and the planet. And soon the rest of the solar system. Same shit.

The UN continues:

"One of the most useful aspects of cryptocurrencies, as far as the UN is concerned, is transparency.

Because the technology is resistant to tampering and fraud, it can provide a trusted and transparent record of transactions. This is particularly important in regions with weak institutions and high levels of corruption."

We showcase in detail in the same book, how any such technology can and will be tampered with, and it would not prevent fraud at all. This is a myth we keep on vocalizing: better security = better security. Not true! Better security simply equals different methods to bypass that security. As long as we play this game of trade, humans will be incentivized to break such security measures if that results in some advantages in the game of trade, for them.

Cryptocurrencies are the new-age religion:

In all, people who think that Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency is better than money, are the followers and the bishops of the new church of economy. We are witnessing the split of Christianity into the Catholic church, the Orthodox one, and so forth. each believing that their interpretation of religion is the right one:

That's what's happening with these cryptocurrencies today.

At the end of the day both are religions. People believe in them without every questioning what is religion or what is a currency. Who invented these notions and what purpose do they serve...


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Our Invidious instance now has an anti-captcha integration which should make it pretty resilient from being blocked. Youtube is the largest video platform out there, so we need a way to access it trade-free. lets you do that. You can even create an account in seconds and subscribe to any youtube channel. No ads, no bs, no trackers. Pure video watching! That's the beauty of trade-free! ;)

And as a reminder, for those who do not use TROMjaro (why aren't you!? :) ), you should install this awesome browser extension which will replace youtube, google maps, google search, twitter, instagram, reddit, google translate, with trade-free alternatives automatically. And our instances are already added to the list. Take care of your brain because it is the one controlling you ;).


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Businesses do not care about people. Period. They care about profits. Period.

This is another UN report: "Milestone moment for UN principles on business and human rights, but abuses persist " -

They say:

"The 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights represents a milestone, they added, and an opportunity for countries and corporations to gear up for a new decade of action. "

Basically they are telling corporations and governments to "please please treat your workers fairly...". And after 10 years the conclusion is:

"However, workers and communities, including indigenous people, continue to suffer business-related abuses, which are occurring across all sectors and in all regions.

Prospects for protection or remedy are few, according to the UN experts, and activists who speak out are met with stigmatization, threats and deadly attacks. " anyone surprised?

Let me tell you, UN, why things are not working and never will. Ready?

We live in a world-wide trade-based society that transforms each and every one of us into merchants and consumers. How can we not be like that when we can't even live without doing this? No one takes care of us. You are born into this world and forced to play the game. And thus, our minds are focused to play the game all the time. And so, the nature of the game makes us want more and more and more, at any cost. Regardless of the rules.

It is that simple!

What do you expect, UN? For the players of the game of trade to care about their competitors and other humans? They cannot afford that. This will be a loss for them. If exploiting people will bring you more profits, you will do that regardless if you call yourself a communist, socialist, christian, muslim or whatever.

UN may have good intentions, and their reports are telling. But if UN doesn't understand this simple fact, then nothing will ever change. They keep on looking through each-others' butts, and all they see is narrow holes full of crap.

It is time to widen their view, and recognize that the "economy" is the biggest religion in the world, with billions believing in it. Stop trying to save the economy. Save the people from becoming slaves, dead, or profiteers. How about we talk about the human behavior for a bit!? To understand what makes these "corporate leaders" or "government leaders" or the rest of us, be so awful...

How about we take care of humans and make sure they have access to their basic needs (at least) as trade-free, so that they have time to think about today's problems, be relaxed, refuse enslaving jobs, consume less, and so forth!?

It is astonishing that UN (United Nations) seems to be so blind despite the fact that they have a lot of resources to look at these issues. #tromimg

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Sustainable businesses. What a joke.

"Turning to sustainable global business: 5 things to know about the circular economy"

This is a UN story. Even their story, meant to be positive, it is not. As they say:
"However, there is still a long way to and there is even evidence that the world is going backwards: the 2021 Circularity Gap Report, produced annually by the Circle Economy thinktank, estimates that the global circularity rate (the proportion of recovered materials, as a percentage of overall materials used) stands at only 8.6 per cent, down from 9.1 per cent in 2018"

Thinking that you can create sustainable businesses, it is like trying to make the water dry. You cannot. The goal of a business is to keep on making profits, else it cannot sustain itself.

Think about the following:

You have a hiking shoes company. You make boots for the people who want to hike. You employ 100 people or so, to design and produce them. You want to make really great hiking boots and make your business as sustainable as possible. How can you do that? Well, you cannot.

Three reasons why:

1. The chain of trades is wide and complicated in today's society. The raw materials used can come from other parts of the world that you cannot control or oversee. And a lot of materials go into such boots. Here's an example. So the production can be spread across the world, employing slaves, creating waste, pollution, and such. Things you cannot, again, oversee or control.

2. You have to compete with others and that means you are forced to lower your prices. If Amazon, or others, are playing "dirty" (unsustainable) and because of that they can have much lower prices, then very likely you are out of the business. So you are forced to cut corners and maybe lie, deceive, exaggerate about your hiking boots, to keep yourself afloat (to keep on selling them). You will have to invest into ads and marketing, and find cheaper producers/distributors for your boots.

3. The most important and easy to grasp issue: YOU HAVE TO KEEP ON SELLING HIKING BOOTS!

Look, if you are selling something (say hiking boots), you cannot afford to say: "Oh, we made enough of them...seems like most people have hiking boots. And we've also made them of such a good quality that they need no replacement - we don't have to produce new models. Let's stop producing more to not contribute to a potential waste of resources.". You cannot say that. If you say that you also say "Lets fire all of our 100 employees and lose our financial income and suffer because of that." It is that simple!

There is no such thing as a sustainable business, simply because a business NEEDS to keep on producing the shit they are making, endlessly! Else they cannot survive! Couple that with the fact that they have to compete (price wise) with other businesses + the fact that there is usually a huge chain of trades in order to produce any good/service (and you cannot control those), then it surely must mean that trying to make a sustainable business it is like trying to dry the water.

Humans have to take their heads out of their butts, and accept that we cannot keep on living in a trade-based society while trying to fix the problems created by the trade-based society. We need to start providing trade-free goods and services, at least when it comes to the basic needs, for most humans. To decouple them from this rat-trade-race, little by little. #tromimg

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The Bit Player (trailer)

Watch it trade-free at: The Bit Player is a 2019 documentary film created to celebrate the 2016 centenary of the birth of Claude Shannon, the "father of information theory". Claude Elwood Shannon (April 30, 1916 – February 24, 2001) was an American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory". Shannon is noted for having founded information theory with a landmark paper, "A Mathematical Theory of Communication", which he published in 1948. He is also well known for founding digital circuit design theory in 1937, when—as a 21-year-old master's degree student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)—he wrote his thesis demonstrating that electrical applications of Boolean algebra could construct any logical numerical relationship.[3] Shannon contributed to the field of cryptanalysis for national defense during World War II, including his fundamental work on codebreaking and secure telecommunications.
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We've added a new services to our - a simple internet speed test that is trade-free. Here it is - it is not yet visually customized but it is fully working. You should not trade your attention (ads), or unnecessary data while testing your internet speed! ;) #tromlive

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A new TROMjaro ISO is out - just regular Manjaro Stable updates. #tromlive

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Big thanks to those who are still supporting us on LiberaPay or Patreon, monthly and weekly. In these times of being broke, even little donations are making an impact. We keep TROM alive because of these humans. Thank you very much. And if anyone can donate, you can do so here #tromlive

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Beginning of the month money count for TROM. We are left with around 900 Euros total to run all of our projects. Which is desperately low. We have to pay around 50 Euros a month for hosting, and some 50 for the Internet maybe, in order to keep them. Also, what do we eat? Well....

If you can help us, please make a donation here

Mind you, we provide a ton of tools trade-free for everyone. So if you consider this work as important, and you are able to help, that would be great. +

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It seems is working now. But when it does not, use ;) #tromlive

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Our (invidious) is not working currently. Perhaps our instance is blocked for good. We will try to fix it today and post an update about it. For now you can use #tromlive

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Prison Earth - by Sasha

Video inspired by Sasha's article - and recorded/edited by Dima

Welcome to Prison Earth. If you’re a very well-behaved inmate, you might not even realize that you’re locked up. If you never try to step outside, if you never question the guards or the other prisoners, and you do as they all do- work, work, work- slave your life away, and take “vacations” only when they let you, for as long as they let you- you might never even question the prison. You might be numb to it, quietly existing, working in the system, perhaps drinking or taking pills to cope with the lack of meaning in your imprisoned life.

I hope you’re not like that. I hope you question, and take a step outside, at least with your own mind.


latest trom videos

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@TROM such a cool video - I really love it!
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These past few weeks I’ve been preparing for my interview for TROM 2 Documentary. The first part of the interview was about my life- childhood, how I started traveling around the world, university, etc. The second part of the interview was about the state of the natural world- biodiversity loss, ecosystem destruction, climate change, pollution, etc. To get a good overview of what’s happening globally, I read a bunch of reports from the UN, WWF, and a few other organizations, and went through a lot of articles, documentaries, etc.
And of course, we also talked about trade and how trade is at the core of the human society that we’ve developed- and how that’s creating a lot of problems.

Then finally- we recorded 3 days in a row and now we are finally finished with all of the filming for TROM 2! (My interview was the last one). Now Tio has a lot of work on his hands, I hope it’s not too overwhelming. But since Tio managed to make the first TROM Documentary all by himself, I am confident that he’ll be able to make something amazing out of TROM 2 :)

See our updates/progress at

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20+ more documentaries to add to VN are on the pipeline ;) - several that are very interesting. Will do my best to add them but this month I will be busy with moving to my parents' house (cause I'm broke :D ) - and all that...I am trying to have some more fun with @Aaron these days before he leaves. Tomorrow we plan to go here close where we live, spend a night in nature in the hammocks. See the stars, the water (hopefully we can see some bio-luminescence), make a bbq, talk, and enjoy. The following months will be very challenging for me working on TROM II and changing my working space. So yah, am thinking to simply enjoy this month, whatever is left from it. All trains are working so far, and I am supper happy about that. #tromlive

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Our invidious instance is not working currently. It was blocked (possibly by youtube) and we tried to force an upgrade or a fresh install, and both failed because it depends on an old package that is not available anymore. The big is reported. As soon as the developers fix it we will try to install it again. For now we redirect it to - a test server made by @Alexio #tromlive

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[list=1][*]Empty homes[/list]

This video is about the ridiculousness of our trade-based society. There are so many empty appartments that are used for only a short period of time or not at all, because it is profitable to do so.

You can read our book "Empty homes for nobody" for a more detailed presentation of this situation:

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Blue Wednesday, Chris Mazuera - Timezones
Felty, Ezzy - Toft
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Nymano, Pandrezz - Train Station
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We updated Invidious and this time we won't do many of the visual changes, so that Invidious works well on small screens too. Plus, invidious is like nitter or bibliogram, a way to access these big companies without trading to them. We put more effort into Peertube, Friendica, Nextcloud and the like that are alternative tools to these big companies, rather than a skin. #tromlive
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Danke für die tolle Arbeit @Friendica Developers

Friendica 2021.04 Released

With a slight delay, we are happy to announce the availability of the new stable version of the Friendica communications server: Friendica Siberian Iris 2021.04.

Photo of a Siberian Iris by Kristine TannePhoto of a Siberian Iris by Kristine Tanne

This is mostly a bug fixing release, stabilizing the new features we introduced over the Red Hot Poker cycle, but also finishing some long time restructuring work on the database structure, which results in a greatly improved performance of Friendica. This release bundles 196 pull requests fixing 53 filed issues. For a detailed overview of the changes, please have a look at the CHANGELOG, some of the highlights
  • The reworking of how items are stored in the database was finished, which results in a great improvement of Friendicas performance. Please note that the needed upgrade might take hours depending of your database size.
  • Admins can now block tags from the trending tag widget.
  • We removed the Flash based addons from the addon repository.

And a heads up for developers, we moved some endpoints in the API to normalize the endpoints.

How to Update

Updating from old Friendica versions

If you are updating from an older version than the 2020.03 release, please first update your Friendica instance to that version.

In that version we introduced views to the database and some node admins reported that they had to adjust their MariaDB configuration (table_definition_cache). Also setting pdo_emulate_prepares to true in the Friendica configuration might be necessary.

Pre-Update Procedures

Ensure that the last backup of your Friendica installation was done recently. Despite the long duration of the database upgrade we had no reports of unaddressed problems during the RC phase.

Please make sure to use Barracuda as MySQL DB file format for your Friendica database. Change your database settings before you proceed with the Friendica update. This change will take some time depending on the size of your database.

Using Git

Important: We removed the master branch and are using the stable branch instead.

Updating from the git repositories should only involve a pull from the Friendica core repository and addons repository, regardless of the branch (stable or develop) you are using. Remember to update the dependencies with composer as well.
cd friendica
git fetch
git checkout stable
git pull
bin/composer.phar install --no-dev
cd addon
git fetch
git checkout stable
git pull
Pulling in the dependencies with composer will show some deprecation warning, we will be working on that in the upcoming release.

Using the Archive Files

If you had downloaded the source files in an archive file (tar.gz) please download the current version of the archive (friendica-full-2021.04.tar.gz and friendica-addons 2021.04.tar.gz) and unpack it on your local computer.

As many files got deleted or moved around, please upload the unpacked files to a new directory on your server (say friendica_new) and copy over your existing configuration (config/local.config.php and config/addon.config.php) and .htaccess files. Afterwards rename your current Friendica directory (e.g. friendica) to friendica_old and friendica_new to friendica.

The files of the dependencies are included in the archive (make sure you are using the friendica-full-2021.01 archive), so you don’t have to worry about them.

Post Update Tasks

The database update should be applied automatically, but sometimes it gets stuck. If you encounter this, please initiate the DB update manually from the command line by running the script
bin/console dbstructure update
from the base of your Friendica installation. If the output contains any error message, please let us know using the channels mentioned below.

Please note, that some of the changes to the database structure will take some time to be applied, depending on the size of your Friendica database.

Known Issues

Please note, that one of the dependencies of Friendica is currently incompatible with PHP 7.0. If you are still running that version of PHP, please have a look at this forum thread for a workaround.

How to Contribute

If you want to contribute to the project, you don’t need to have coding experience. There are a number of tasks listed in the issue tracker with the label “Junior Jobs” we think are good for new contributors. But you are by no means limited to these – if you find a solution to a problem (even a new one) please make a pull request at github or let us know in the development forum.

Contribution to Friendica is also not limited to coding. Any contribution to the documentation, the translation or advertisement materials is welcome or reporting a problem. You don’t need to deal with Git(Hub) or Transifex if you don’t like to. Just get in touch with us and we will get the materials to the appropriate places.

Thanks everyone who helped making this release possible and have fun!

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We found a very cool website last night:,y474,w0.2697

OneZoom Tree of Life- An interactive map of the evolutionary links between all living things. Discover your favorites, see which species are under threat, and be amazed by the diversity of life on earth.

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Wow, this is really amazing 😍

Thanks for sharing :)
No problem :)

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I used to make websites since early 2000 and yah I noticed this change. Websites nowadays are a piece of shit. Full of ads, full of click here, see this, infinite scroll, and all that. Our trade-based society changes websites, products, services, wishes, and minds altogether. There is no escape... #tromlive

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I for sure use these and more... but for some websites the RSS is not provided in full, and for some the Firefox reader mode may not work very well. Still, very useful tools!
been loving tools like that on and off but still fall into the deep end at times

have learned it really has to start somewhere else to be truly effective

have to tell myself to take good care of my mental bandwidth before even opening a browser

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Part 1 of the documentaries I highly recommend:These documentaries are shocking, amazing, mind blowing, some are funny, others are very weird :D. All are great! #tromlive
Wow, that's a massive list. I wasn't expecting that 🙃
im sorry :D

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Someone new to the project asked me what is TROM about, and I tried to explain it as such (is a bit long, but maybe worth sharing here):

This is a project started in 2011. We have more info here but it grew a lot in terms of materials for the past several years. So we have many books, videos, and all kinds of tools.

If I were to describe the project in a few paragraphs (sorry this is a bit long), I'd say that the project is about showcasing how our world-wide society is, at its core, a trade-based society (from China to US, from Cuba to Europe, from socialism, communism, or other isms that were ever implement); And this trade-based society gives rise to most of the problems we see in the world today: climate change, waste, slavery, bad products, corruption, and so on.

What are the world's biggest problems? Climate change, corruption, destruction of the environment, waste, pollution, slavery, and so on. What creates these problems? Humans. What makes humans do these bad things? The environment. What part of this environment? Mostly the trade-based society we all live under.


Humans wake up in the morning to go to some places and do something there (we call those "jobs"), in order to receive something else in return (food, a shelter, access to goods and services, etc.). They do that for most of their lives. Basically they trade their energy, time, skills and so on, to get food, shelter, internet, healthcare, etc. We use money to represent these trades, but that's arbitrary. Could be bictoin, tokens, gold coins or whatever.

Now, if you look at pretty much everything humans do, it revolves around trades. Jobs take some 8h or more a day, 5 days a week. So, most of people's lives. The internet is a place where humans also trade their data, currency, and attention to websites that mine their data, put ads into their faces, or hide features or content behind paywalls.

In other words, if I am a human on this planet, I wake up every morning, go to my job for 8h, and do that for 5 days a week. I traded 8h of my life to get access to my needs and wants, out of 24h (with 8h sleeping). I have 8h as my free time. In between and after I am done with my job, I use my computer/smartphone to read the news, "socialize", talk to others, watch stuff, listen to stuff (movies, podcasts, articles, websites, netflix, facebook, youtube and the like). All of this time I am giving them my data, attention and at times currency to be able to access these. So, 8h at a job, 8h sleep, and a bunch of other hours online trading for entertainment, information, services. Plus spending time in traffic and dealing with bills and stuff, all because of the trade-based society's rules.

Job + Internet + societal duties = most of my day I trade.

Yes, I also enjoy those videos, talking to friends at work, learn and so forth, but they are all like flowers growing from the soil of trade. Meaning: when I use Facebook, since this is a platform I trade with, the contents I see, the people I follow, are driven by Facebook's algorithm and all they want is me spending more time there watching those ads, producing data that they collect, or buying the stuff they promote. It's like a supermarket that pretends to be a library.

So basically pretty much all that I (human on this planet) consume and do, is directed by trades and people I am trading with. Like a movie director directing my life. Therefore my wishes, my dreams, what excites me or triggers me, are all emerged from this trade-based society that I fed my brain with on a daily basis.

And the same way that we see Facebook's practices as bad, trapping people into an endless stream of nonsense content for the purpose of mining their data/currency/attention, pretty much all business practices are as bad, since they always want something from you and that makes them lie, exaggerate, deceive in order to make you their customer and keep you their customer.

Airline companies, taxi companies, pharmaceutical companies, food producing companies, you name it; all probably are corrupt and as good as "facebook", and if some are not, they will probably become.

So, we are showcasing how in the end this trade-based society makes human beings behave really bad and how it consumes them, and how it creates most of the problems we see in the world today. And our approach is to provide trade-free goods/services as much as possible, so that we remove this environment form people's life, little by little.

Sorry that was long. But this is a big project. I recommend you this book of ours, where we explain all of this in detail

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I think maybe this is better?
"Trom is about showing\educating that our trade based society is damaging humanity in many ways, and solving this by presenting trade-free goods\services to glide over time into a trade-free society."
I would always try to kinda avoid using the term "trade-free society" since it sounds too utopian. But thanks I get your suggestion ;)

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Our latest TROMCast about deplatforming can be watched here or here . It got suddenly interrupted at 1:30 , we do not know why, maybe my (Tio) internet connection dropped for a second. We recorded a second part and merged them all in one single video. Enjoy! #tromlive

TROM-Cast 64: Deplatformed!

We are talking about this new word "deplatforming" and what are the implications of it. How a few companies can mute anyone they want, and what repercussions does it have.

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If you want to help with

To explain it a bit: we want to create a trade-free alternative to Unsplash and eventually Video blocks and the like. We want users to upload original photos and eventually videos of all kinds. Like nature, objects, places, etc.. The platform we use makes is so easy to rename each item, add to folders and create folders, or tag each item.

So, create folders, drag and drop photos to them. Make each folder Public please, and enable "original" and "downloadable". Disable the rest. See these options in the folder's visibility (the eye icon top right corner).

To make this work, we need to properly name and tag each item, so we make them easy to find and categorize. So please do that as much as you can. You can select multiple items by click-and-hold + drag. And can edit multiple at once. You can also use the keyboard to navigate through the photos, press R to rename, T to tag.

That's pretty much it.

A reminder, all content from will be trade-free, meaning purely free. Anyone is free to use it as they wish. There are no licenses because that means restrictions. In other words, anyone can use these materials without trading (giving back) anything to us. We don't want their currency, attention, recognition, or whatever.

For now, if you want to upload videos, please limit them to under 200-300MB. We are still in testing mode.

If anyone wants to help, please let me know and we will create an account for you ;). #tromlive
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We want to release a trade-free alternative to Unsplash, videoblocks and the like. A huge gallery of free to use videos and photos. We have tested it and so far so great, but for now it will be invitation-only so if there is any of you out there who is passionate about taking photos or making videos, please tell us so we can give you access. All that we will upload there will be free to use for any purposes: trade-free in other words. So, there is your chance to make things just a little better in this world, by taking interesting photos and adding them to our Trade-Free Media directory ;). #tromlive

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yes, I could.
Sounds great! I'll get back to you later today or tomorrow with more details. Thanks! ;)

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Most people use services like Google, Facebook and the like because its free - you don't have to pay for them. I mean, Google maps and whatsapp don't even have ads on it. You might've also heard that Google chrome is (mostly) open source - Awesome, right ? ¯\_ (ツ) _/¯

Well, these companies are still trading with you. You have to trade your data, attention, time etc. for using their services :(

Let me introduce you to "free as in trade-free" -
Follow them at @trom


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Ladies and gents, we are releasing yet another service for our! A real and quite complete trade-free alternative to Google Docs - read more about it here . Create documents in seconds + kaban + polls + whiteboards. You don't even need an account, unless you want to save your work for more than 3 months. Everything is fully encrypted. Share, comment, work collaboratively. Take advantage of it! #tromlive #tromimg

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Poke 👉 @cryptpad

💪 thousands of times
I don't see how I can sign up, it doesn't seem to process what I enter

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Our FInteresting category on TROMnews is back! - it is a mix of very interesting SubReddits, such as Showerthoughts, Data Is Beautiful, Ask Science, Today I Learned or Explain Like Im Five. The great part is that we use teddit for the job, a trade-free reddit browser. So when users click any of the cards in FInteresting, they can read the post and comments in a trade-free way. Awesome! If Teddit will become a @yunohost package we will implement it on our ;). We would like to do the same for our curated videos and pull them from our Invidious instance. We could do that, but out plugin does not support pulling feeds from Atom, only from RSS and Invidious only offers Atom feeds. If you know any other very interesting SubReddits let us know. #tromlive

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You could also use instead of teddit for a more modern view
They do not provide an RSS feed - and teddit's RSS is very robust it seems. We need that to pull the items to our newsfeed.

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Great documentary! Highly recommend it! 8 hours of fun-history about how money pretty much influences everything. Ideas like communism, socialism, capitalism, whatever ism, and theories about left, right, democracy and so on, are useless. Money drives the world. Or, if you are clever, replace "money" with "trade" so you encompass all of the trades: cryptocurrencies, direct trades, laws and social credits, data collection or the attention economy, and so forth. Yah so Curtis talks about what we are voicing for years now. But the explanation with trade makes a lot more sense and is easier to understand and do something about. I recommend this documentary! #tromlive

Can’t Get You Out of My Head

Love, power, money, ghosts of empire, conspiracies, artificial intelligence – and You.

An emotional history of the modern world by Adam Curtis.

Watch it here:

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The latest Adam Curtis documentary is now on for free ;) - enjoy 8h of a very unique documentary. #tromlive


Love, power, money, ghosts of empire, conspiracies, artificial intelligence – and You. An emotional history of the modern world by Adam Curtis.
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The Steve Irwin Story (trailer)

Watch it trade-free at Steve Irwin's impact far exceeded his hit series The Crocodile Hunter. Chronicling his childhood to his time as a global icon, those who knew him best reflect on the remarkable life of the man, father, husband and wildlife conservationist.
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Follow almost anyone online! Facebook, Mastodon, Peertube, Youtube, websites...

!Tips and Help (


Go to your Contacts (1) and copy-paste a website's url (link):

That should be enough and should detect the RSS feed. If not, find the RSS feed of the website, usually adding "rss" or "feed" after the url as such:


You can follow and interact with pretty much any federated network: Peertube, Mastodon, Friendica, Diaspora, Pixelfed, etc. Same as above, copy the url of a profile and paste it into the contacts (2). For example to follow our TROM Peertube channel copy our Peertube channel ID from here:

It will look something like this Now copy it into the same contacts form (2).


You can follow public pages/profiles/groups. To do that, we need to grab the RSS of those. Use our tool for the job. Here's step by step:
  • Go to the Facebook page/profile/group you want to follow. Copy the ID (name). For example for our TROM Facebook page (that we don't really use) the url is: so the page name is "tromproject". Make sure you copy it exactly as it is in the url (with capital letters if there are any).
  • Go to and search for Facebook. You should see this (select Main Site):

    Click "show more" and you'll have this simple block that is self explanatory:
  • Paste the Facebook ID into the proper form, and click HTML. Now you will see a new page with the RSS feed of that Facebook ID, as such:
  • Lastly, right click the MRSS button, then "Copy link location" (so you can copy the link of that button), and then paste it again into your contacts (2) as you did for any other contact.
All of this is a very fast and simple process in fact: grab a Facebook page/profile/group ID (name), create an RSS feed using our, and copy the MRSS link into your contacts. Done!

It is the same exact process for Twitter, Youtube, and pretty much any website that is not friendly enough to easily provide an RSS feed.

Therefore, using + you can interact and follow pretty much anyone online, without having an account on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or even Peertube and the like. Take advantage of it!

Yeap, I did it, created a "news" user but is clogging my global notifications, I will be trying different options, thanks a lot!
When you make a News page that auto posts from an RSS source, the way Friendica works is by pulling a bunch of the latest posts form the RSS, and jamming that into the newsfeed :D - I know is not pleasant but is just for the first time you add it. Then it will calm down and only display the new posts.
Perfect, let me see how it works, I restricted no to publish publicly👍

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Great TROM-Cast last night-

This one was about our new project

Great job with this project @Tio and @Alexio I really love it! :)

63. ( is a new TROM project. What is so special about it? It has the balls to provide trade-free alternatives to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google Search, Google Drive, Google Docs, Dropbox, Wetransfer, Spotify, and more.

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A new TROMjaro ISO is out - not much, just updates mainly + adding our services to Privacy Redirect ;). #tromlive

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Our friends at TROM have launched their new Trade-Free Project -...

Image/photoThe Zeitgeist Movement Global
Our friends at TROM have launched their new Trade-Free Project -…. The project will provide alternatives to the dominant, corporate online platforms which control much of our information and ideas today, and highlight critical understandings for a more sustainable world.

This project is without ads, data collection and profit motive, and is open source to the world for participation & input.

Working to organize and network our communities, resources, and onl...ine platforms in a "trade-free" way will be critical in facilitating the needed sharing/revolutionary shift away from our Trade based, competitive society and the dysfunction and oppression it generates.

#beyondcapitalism #TROM #sharerevolution #tradefree #newsocialmedia #collaborative #TZM #openaccess
Mehr ( is a new TROM project. What is so special about it? It has the balls to provide trade-free alternatives to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google Search, Google Drive, Google Docs, Dropbox, Wetransfer, Spotify, and more. * Sick of Facebook? Use * Tired....32801

63. ( is a new TROM project. What is so special about it? It has the balls to provide trade-free alternatives to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google Search, Google Drive, Google Docs, Dropbox, Wetransfer, Spotify, and more. * Sick of Facebook? Use * ( is a new TROM project. What is so special about it? It has the balls to provide trade-free alternatives to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google Search, Google Drive, Google Docs, Dropbox, Wetransfer, Spotify, and more. * Sick of Facebook? Use * Tired....

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Our first stream on Peertube worked perfectly fine! So awesome!

Quality super crisp. Streaming super fast. Conversion really fast. Only downside is the the 1080p file is some 5.4GB :D. Maybe I should tweak my OBS Studio settings a bit so we don't get that monster. On Youtube the same video in 1080p is 5 times less the size. Anyone knows why? How is Youtube so good at compressing video files?

Anyways all worked great. I am so happy! #tromlive

63. ( is a new TROM project. What is so special about it? It has the balls to provide trade-free alternatives to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google Search, Google Drive, Google Docs, Dropbox, Wetransfer, Spotify, and more.

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Interesting....maybe you internet speed is very slow? Did you try 720p?
Use that "gear" icon right side of the player

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Hey people of the great Fediverse :) - We are releasing a new project that you might find interesting (we worked a lot on) -

In essence we provide free alternatives to Youtube, Facebook, Google Search and the like. And we release today. We even have a live about it in a few hours -

Here's the list o what we provide:
  • Friendica with open registrations and we plan to keep it open forever
  • Nextcloud with 3GB storage + ability to add external storage; together with Only Office and a few other tools
  • Peertube with unlimited uploads (restricted to 2GB a day so we don't blow up the server) + Live + video conversion + a few plugins
  • SearX that we fine tuned to be as relevant as we could make it
  • Lufi to send files up to 3GB and 7 days storage
  • Etherpad with open access
  • Diagrams
  • RSS Bridge
  • Framadate
  • Libre QR
  • Invidious and Bibliogram
  • Our own Music player/services as a desktop alternative to Spotify
There are no ads, no data collection, no premium accounts. Purely free.

Would be great if you can share it - it is after all for everyone ;)

@Michael Vogel@Hypolite Petovan@Tobias@Eugen@utzer@Humane Tech Now@LinuxLounge@Steffen K9 🐈
and who pays your bills ?
We do. We get help through donations since 2013 for our main project. We also have a Liberapay account and would encourage people to support if they can - we need more support.
I think calling is not supported on #Metronome in #Yunohost and even using xmpp without fail2ban for large user base is dangerous.
Keep it simple and use apps without LDAP for now.