Customizing Your Podmate’s Color (Pistos-Diaspora)

In Pistos-Diaspora (currently at only), you can personalize the color of podmates in your stream through a customized CSS. (This post owes its thanks to

Note that this works in FireFox and should work in Chrome. If there are browsers for which this doesn’t work, please let me know in the comments.

Simply put, Cascading Style Sheets (or CSS) allow the user to locally change certain aspects of the formatting on a website. In this tutorial, you will learn how to customize CSS to make Pistos-Diaspora podmates appear in green when you hover over the stream.

1. Go to

2. Copy the entire text (i.e., make sure to scroll to the right) under the section “changing the display-color of podmates” (see Figure 1).

Figure 1: Copy the text under the heading "changing the display-color of podmates"

3. Click on your handle on the upper-right hand side of your Diaspora home page and select “Settings” from the dropdown menu.

4. Scroll down until you see “Custom CSS” and paste the text into the text box (see Figure 2). Don’t forget to update!

Figure 2: Custom CSS text box. Paste text here.

Now, when you hover over your stream, podmates will appear in green instead of orange.

You can go here to see what other colors are available. I have yet to try changing it from the default green myself, but I will provide a how-to as soon as time permits.

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