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If you want to repost any of these hints in your own language, please feel free!

They are meant to be spread as far as possible πŸ‘

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You can discover interesting accounts to follow on Mastodon and the rest of the Fediverse at:

➑️ @FediFollows

You can watch interesting videos from across the Fediverse at:

➑️ @FediVideos

PSA: It is okay to block people and instances on the Fediverse!

The idea of the Fediverse is that no one controls the network. Each part of the network can make its own rules and enforce them.

If one instance starts causing trouble (for example by not moderating spammers), it is fine for other instances to block them.

Mastodon's promo animation from a couple of years ago explains this quite well:

tilvids.com/videos/watch/887e7

Networks need to have blocking ability, otherwise they become unusable.

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How to get maximum privacy & security on Mastodon:

-Hide your follows/followers by going to Preferences > Other > Hide Your Network (tick box) > Save Changes (click button)

-Select appropriate toot privacy (the 🌎 button) each time you post

-Use a unique password you don't use on any other site

-Use an email address you don't use on any other site

-Log in via VPN, so your IP address isn't visible

-Use 2FA (Preferences > Account > Two-factor Auth > Set up)

How to get maximum privacy & security on Mastodon:

-Hide your follows/followers by going to Preferences > Other > Hide Your Network (tick box) > Save Changes (click button)

-Select appropriate toot privacy (the 🌎 button) each time you post

-Use a unique password you don't use on any other site

-Use an email address you don't use on any other site

-Log in via VPN, so your IP address isn't visible

-Use 2FA (Preferences > Account > Two-factor Auth > Set up)

You can form a discussion group on the Fediverse using Guppe, a new service at:

gup.pe

You can follow a group's posts by following its account, and take part in the discussion by mentioning that account in a message.

You can also start a new group by mentioning it in a message.

You can see a list of existing groups on the site at gup.pe

Hello again developers! Here are more projects you can help out on:

Castopod (Podcasting platform)
code.podlibre.org/podlibre/cas

Flockingbird (LinkedIn alternative)
github.com/Flockingbird/roost

Friendica (Facebook alternative)
github.com/friendica/friendica

Mobilizon (Facebook Events alternative)
framagit.org/framasoft/mobiliz

Plume (Medium alternative)
git.joinplu.me/Plume/Plume

WordPress ActivityPub Plugin (makes WordPress blogs part of the Fediverse)
github.com/pfefferle/wordpress

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If you're a developer, there are lots of platforms which you can help out on:

BookWyrm (Goodreads alternative)
github.com/mouse-reeve/bookwyr

Funkwhale (Music, Podcasts and Audio)
dev.funkwhale.audio/funkwhale

Lemmy (Reddit alternative)
github.com/LemmyNet/lemmy

Mastodon (Twitter alternative)
github.com/tootsuite/mastodon

PeerTube (YouTube alternative)
github.com/Chocobozzz/PeerTube

PixelFed (Instagram alternative)
github.com/pixelfed/pixelfed

Write Freely (Medium alternative)
github.com/writefreely/writefr

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If you're new to the Fediverse, here are some good first steps:

-Post a bit about yourself and what you're interested in, using the hashtag so that people can say hello to you

-Follow some interesting accounts, a good place to start is at mastodon.online/@FediFollows/1

-If you're looking for people to follow you, add yourself to Trunk, a community-run site: communitywiki.org/trunk

-Add a fun avatar to your profile (did you know they can be animated GIFs?)

If you're new to the Fediverse, here are some good first steps:

-Post a bit about yourself and what you're interested in, using the hashtag so that people can say hello to you

-Follow some interesting accounts, a good place to start is at mastodon.online/@FediFollows/1

-If you're looking for people to follow you, add yourself to Trunk, a community-run site: communitywiki.org/trunk

-Add a fun avatar to your profile (did you know they can be animated GIFs?)

Another popular alternative web client for Mastodon is Halcyon, which looks like Twitter:

halcyon.social

It's FOSS so you can use an existing instance or host it yourself, and it can also be installed through @yunohost too.

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You can use Mastodon through an alternative web client if you prefer. One of the most popular is Pinafore, which is lightweight and FOSS.

The example website is at pinafore.social

The source code is at github.com/nolanlawson/pinafor

Because it's free and open source, you can host the web client yourself if you want to.

Its creator has written an introductory post with more info about it:

nolanlawson.com/2018/04/09/int

Even more hashtags to look out for:

- Discussing interesting artists on Bandcamp

- People showing off their latest baked creations

- Suggestions for improvements to the Mastodon platform software

- Photos of moss (yes, really!)

- Fiction small enough to fit into a toot

- Talking about sport of any kind

- Japanese photography hashtag

Any other hashtag suggestions?

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If you want to repost any of these hints in your own language, please feel free!

They are meant to be spread as far as possible πŸ‘

Fediverse addresses look like this:

@ username @ instance name

For example, FediTips's address is @ FediTips @ mstdn.social (but without the gaps).

This is because the Fediverse is made up of lots of different instances (instances are the sites where you can sign up).

When you @ someone on here, you have to write the complete address so that your instance knows which other instance to talk to.

Fediverse addresses are visible on people's profile pages.

The default privacy setting when you join Mastodon is for posts to be public.

You can manually change to more private settings when writing a message, but you can also change the default itself if you like.

Go to Preferences > Other > Posting Privacy and choose your preferred default from the dropdown menu, then click "Save Changes" at the top of the screen.

You will still be able to adjust privacy when writing a toot, but the default setting will be different.

If you're new to Mastodon, here are some useful terms:

Instance - The Mastodon site you signed up on, for example FediTips is on the mstdn.social instance

Federation - How instances talk to each other, process which lets people on different instances interact

Toot - A post, a message, Mastodon's equivalent of a tweet

Boost - Sharing a toot by pressing the boost icon below it ( the one that looks like this πŸ”„ ), Mastodon's equivalent of retweeting

Any others?

Mastodon (like most Fediverse platforms) displays posts chronologically, without any algorithms.

You see all the posts from the people you follow, in the order that they posted them.

Because of this, if you are posting something important you may want to boost it later in the day so that people in different time zones get to see it as well.

Fediverse instances are ad-free and don't sell data, instead relying on donations to keep going. If you use the Fediverse regularly, please consider donating to the instance you signed up on.

On Mastodon, you can find out how to support your home instance by clicking on "About this server" in the bottom right corner of the screen.

The page will tell you a bit more about the instance, and usually includes a section on how to donate funds.

More common Fediverse hashtags as suggested by Fediverse users:

- Discussing books you are reading

/ / - Requests for advice or assistance

- Photos of your cats posted on a Saturday

- Discussing sci-fi and fantasy books

- Posts about mushrooms and fungi

- Italian langugage discussion of music tracks

- French language discussion of books on Fridays

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Are you looking for people to follow on Mastodon and the Fediverse?

Click below for a directory of hundreds of recommended follows organised into 43 topics:

➑️ mastodon.online/@FediFollows/1

(If a category has several pages of follows, click "show older" at the bottom to see the next page.)

This is just a tiny fraction of accounts on here, but hopefully it will give people's timelines a good start.

Please do share this with anyone you think might benefit, for example people new to the Fediverse.

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