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Before joining Mastodon had you participated or were active on BBS (dial-up) or forums (vBulletin style) in the past?

Boosts are appreciated for better sample sizes.

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For those joining from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. things might seem quiet at times and not as active when you first join.

Remember that no on here is collecting your data, building a profile of you, algorithms trying to keep your attention to sell ads, and you are not a product.

In a way the more time you spend looking for people to communicate with, replying to toots, and boosting toots will connect you with more people.

Also remember use a couple hashtags once in a while for things you're interested and excited about.

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@frag Welcome! Best would be do an post (you can click on the hashtag of this post to see what others wrote about themselves).

Mastodon works mainly though hashtags, so remember to add a couple to any posts (aka toots) that you make so others can find you. Click on hashtags and go down the rabbit holes.

Follow people you find interesting, the network effect will organically happen and you'll find others.

You can always click on the local or federated timeline tabs (if you're using the web based clients) to see what people are talking about. Local is for toots on THIS instance, federated is every toot of all the instances mstdn.social is connected to.

Good accounts to follow are @FediFollows and @feditips

Finally there's which is a community made list broken down into categories of people across the fediverse. communitywiki.org/trunk

Also feel free to ask questions, lots of people are around to help those new to Mastodon :ablobcatenjoy:​

Anyone else think that there's not enough hours, days, and weeks?

Also, who's the person that realized time goes faster as you grow older!

Went on a bit of a tootin' and boostin' spree there :blobcatgiggle:​

Hope there was a toot that interested you or something boosted from someone new to connect with and maybe follow.

Got about 500 words done on this story I've been working on the last few days. Enjoying a little scene that's unfolding in bits and pieces.

It's been nice exercising my writing muscle bit by bit each day.

Hello !

How much writing did you get done this weekend?

Did you do more planning than writing?

Or maybe you flexed your other creative muscles?

Share what you got done that you're proud of this weekend!

I really liked writing with Typewriter for Markdown and came up with 500ish words for a new story. Really got my creative juices flowing being away from the desk writing.

looking to connect with others, Wandering.Shop is an instance geared to those who write and .

Instance profile directory: wandering.shop/explore

Came across @federationstream and looks like an interesting project in helping smaller instances connect with the fediverse.

Will be keeping an eye on it.

My first !

Here's a mix of great accounts to follow for those new to the Fediverse and people I've enjoyed conversing with since joining Mastodon this week :ablobcatenjoy:

@feditips & @FediFollows - Tips and interesting people to follow

@stux - Admin and founder of mstdn.social

@Curator - Admin of mastodon.art and boosts lots of art from

@AimeeMaroux - author who writes about sexy Greek gods

@akirashibazaki - 2D and 3D artist studying

@MalteHollmann - Artist, musician, and & foss proponent

@aurynn - Admin/founder of cloudisland.nz and fan of

@paulkater - IT professional and /Scifi author

@lunarogue - engineer, technology fan, and even has a 42U rack in her NYC apartment

@CJDouglass - Erotica author and

@authortoburnett - author who posts toots that start good conversations

If you're looking for those that use to hang out on and other platforms that were independently run from the 80s to 00s, there are lots of people sharing their stories in the replies of this post:

mstdn.social/@binarytango/1082

Hopefully you meet some new people to connect with!

Holy wow! :blobmegasweats:

Did not expect this to get as much interaction. Thank you all for voting, boosting and sharing your stories :blobcathearthug:

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Seems mstdn.social is struggling, poor Stux :(

But to answer some replies, pretty much asking if you were ever active on BBSes, web boards powered by phpBB or vBulletin, usenet/newsgroups, etc.

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Before joining Mastodon had you participated or were active on BBS (dial-up) or forums (vBulletin style) in the past?

Boosts are appreciated for better sample sizes.

What kind of keyboard layout do you use?

I've read Dvorak can be more comfortable and faster.

This is crazy cool!

@davidrevoy made a cartoon style bird, cat, fenestars, and abstract art generator that you can use for free if you're new to Mastodon and need a profile photo.

davidrevoy.com/article591/cat-

Finally added a profile picture. Eventually I'll have something nicer.

Breakfast is best eaten for:

You may notice that Mastodon doesn't have many bots and there are actual people tooting!

It's courtesy for bot accounts to have a "Bot" tag in the profile, much like instance Admins and Mods have this tag.

Most bots are setup on the BotsIn.Space instance and there are quite a few cool ones you can follow.

Self Care Bot: @selfcare

Magic Aye (Eye) Bot: @magic_aye

Astronomy Picture Bot: @APoD

Poem Bot: @poem_exe

And many more! Check out the explore page for the instance to see if any others catch your interest botsin.space/explore

For those joining from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. things might seem quiet at times and not as active when you first join.

Remember that no on here is collecting your data, building a profile of you, algorithms trying to keep your attention to sell ads, and you are not a product.

In a way the more time you spend looking for people to communicate with, replying to toots, and boosting toots will connect you with more people.

Also remember use a couple hashtags once in a while for things you're interested and excited about.

One great thing about Mastodon is seeing Admins of instances helping each other out for the benefit of the community as a whole.

mastodon.technology/@ashfurrow

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A general-purpose Mastodon server with a 1000 character limit.