🎉 Welcome to newcomers! 🎉
A few personal tips:
👌 the Fediverse is NOT twitt*r! enjoy a more relaxed, courteous, benevolent way of interacting! you are part of it!
🤚 introduce yourself! also fill bio and post a couple "toots" before following people to have more chance they'll follow back..
👍 favourite and follow generously! This is how to create link around. No algorithm-god is spying on you, telling you who to follow, what to read! \o/
⚠️ many people care about CW... learn about that
🧐 Experiment with different accounts on different instances (sites like https://instances.social/list can help you). Every instance has different feel, vibe and community (and rules). Find one that you prefer or use mutliple accounts/personas/instances.
❓ Ask around! Many people will be pleased to guide you.. There is no stupid question :)
💖 Be part of making the Fediverse better and more welcoming!
Each message ("toot") can be shared (select with icon under editor) with either:
🌍 the whole world
🔓 the whole world, but be not further listed in your timeline
🔒 only followers
✉️ only some people (ie. private message)
Different timelines (icons on top left of default interface), to see more messages/people to follow:
🏠 "home" shows everyone you follow
👥 "local" is everyone on your instance
🌍 "federated" is local+everybody followed by someone in your instance
🚫 Some instances have moderation and content filtering/blocking policies: admin(s) decide for everyone to block content (whole instances, people, or keywords). Choices can be discussed/made transparent.
Some find this makes them feel safer 🤗
⚙️ One can filter themselves ("filters" in settings ⚙️ menu), and decide, without having to disclose it, a list of keywords to remove from their timelines.
✋ One can mute or block people.
Some find this empowers them and give them more autonomy 💪
Has there been another new influx? What caused it this time?
@jz Don't forget about the other cool features you get on the Fediverse,e like setting privacy of your toots!
@jz Is there a technical way to know details about the "upstream filtering" of the instance we use ?
Maybe there ought to be be some kind of "instance observatory".
I'm totally fine with filtering when I know roughtly what there is in the filter-box. And vague political statment of two sentence in the description of each instance is pretty light, right ? ^^'
@jz some time ago we copied the content that had been written by @Ca_Gi and others (cf here, it also contains link to the Etherpad used for the write-up). This proved quite valuable for us to get a hands-on start on the #fediverse with Mastodon/Pleroma. The document is especially fitting people coming from the #birdsite, as it presents and explains the differences.
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