2019-08-29 How to Mastodon again

I wrote 2017-11-16 How to Mastodon. These days I’m not so sure it’s still good. Instead, I see Joyeuse Noëlle’s An Increasingly Less-Brief Guide to Mastodon getting recommended a lot.

First, before doing anything, set a picture on your profile and write at least one, preferably four posts that tell us something about yourself, about what to expect. The reason being that if you follow somebody, they are notified and might look at your profile in turn – and maybe they will follow you back. But I’m not following a faceless and silent avatar. It’s too creepy.

Let me think of the things that seem non-obvious to me.

Image 1 for 2017-01-05 Mermaid

Once you created an account, you can log into that account using different applications. These can be apps on your phone, or they can be other websites. Here are two:

These might offer a more pleasing experience, depending on your needs. I like Mastodon as it is.

I was a TweetDeck user. If you like the multi-column layout, check “Enable advanced web interface” in your settings. It used to be the default.



This is what I have found by myself.

A lot of these points make “living” on a smaller server a bit lonely, since you have less people to “directly” follow, you see less people, you can see less content based on hashtag search.

If that is what you are looking for, then it is an advantage, of course 😀

Peter Kotrčka 2019-08-30 04:29 UTC

Yeah, the reason I picked Octodon Social at first was because it was big and I didn’t want an instance focused on white men programming.

But Tabletop Social is small and make some think the RPG scene is small. But who knows.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-08-30 09:48 UTC

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