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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

Another Medium alternative on the Fediverse is Plume, which is also a federated long form text platform.

Plume's status is slightly unclear as the official website has a message on the front page saying the project is not currently maintained: joinplu.me

Can anyone give an update on what's going on there?

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Write Freely is a writing platform on the Fediverse, sort of like a Fedi version of Medium.

It lets you write long form texts on the Fediverse, and people can follow your Write Freely account, so they see your latest posts.

The official site is at writefreely.org, you can also follow them at @writefreely

You can find instances to sign up on at writefreely.org/instances

There are apps available at writefreely.org/apps

If you are techy, there's instructions for self-hosting an instance at writefreely.org/start

If you aren't techy, you can still make your own Write Freely instance by using writefreely.host

PixelFed has just reached 50k users on 186 instances! πŸ₯³

If you haven't tried it yet, you can find out more from the official site at:

pixelfed.org

It's a Fediverse alternative to Instagram, and federates with Mastodon etc. so millions of people across the Fediverse can follow PixelFed accounts.

PixelFed has an unofficial Android app called @PixelDroid. It's currently in beta testing, you can get it from F-Droid:

f-droid.org/packages/org.pixel

If you don't have F-Droid yet, here are instructions on how to install it:

switching.software/use/f-droid

Spectra is a new PeerTube instance run by Fediverse veteran @sean, which focuses on curated content with responsible moderation.

If you are a video creator searching for a PeerTube home, have a look:

spectra.video

p.s. Sean also runs a PD/creative commons archive instance at vidcommons.org

PixelFed now supports viewing text-only posts, by going to:

Settings > Timelines > Show text-only posts

This lets you see text-only posts in your timeline made by Fediverse accounts you follow through PixelFed.

(Due to its photo-oriented nature, PixelFed hides text-only Fediverse posts by default.)

There's an alternative version of Mastodon called "Mastodon Glitch Edition" (aka "glitch-soc" or just "Glitch"). Glitch is totally compatible with normal Mastodon, but adds experimental new features.

For example, Glitch instances let the admin alter the character limit, allow local posting, text formatting and lots of other stuff.

Many features in Glitch have eventually made their way into normal Mastodon after proving themselves stable and useful.

You can find out more at:

glitch-soc.github.io/docs/

If you run your own Mastodon instance you can switch to Glitch, and switch back again if you don't like it.

(You may be wondering how this post is so long? It's because FediTips is on an instance that uses Glitch, and the instance character limit has been extended to 1000.)

You can create your own PeerTube instance without technical knowledge by using a managed hosting service such as Spacebear:

federation.spacebear.ee

Managed hosting means you own and run the instance, but the hosting company does the technical stuff behind the scenes like software installation and upgrades.

How to make your PeerTube videos much more discoverable on the Fediverse:

Use tags without spaces in them, for example, use "OpenSource" instead of "Open Source", "ArtHistory" instead of "Art History", "PianoMusic" instead of "Piano Music".

Why this works:

Mastodon includes PeerTube videos in its search results, but any tags with spaces in them are ignored.

To make your PeerTube videos searchable on Mastodon, remove spaces from your tags.

Do you have a WordPress Blog?

Did you know you can connect it to the Fediverse so that people on Mastodon can follow you and comment on your posts?

It works through the WordPress ActivityPub plugin:

wordpress.org/plugins/activity

(You can also find this by searching for "ActivityPub" in the plugins section of your WordPress blog)

The plugin's developer is on the Fediverse at @pfefferle

If you are posting a link to a website on Mastodon, remember to include https:// at the beginning.

If you don't include the https://, the link will not work.

This applies to links in toots, messages, and also links you've added to your profile page.

If you want to help spread the word about the Fediverse, try politely asking your favourite sites, organisations or projects what their Fediverse/Mastodon/PixelFed etc address is.

Obviously not everyone has the time or the spoons to maintain social media accounts, but just casually asking for an address will indirectly let them know the Fediverse exists.

The more people that ask them, the more likely they are to find out more about the Fediverse and join :fediverse: πŸ‘

If you're on a big instance with lots of members, you might want to consider moving to a smaller instance.

Smaller instances can give members personal attention, as the admin has more time to deal with messages and feedback. They also tend to have more interesting local timelines if you pick an instance that matches a favourite topic.

Using smaller instances also protects the Fediverse from nasty people or companies, because a spread-out Fediverse is much harder to hack or buy.

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Don't worry if you pick the wrong instance, because you can move your Mastodon account from one instance to another. If you move, you can take your followers, follows and additional data with you.

Here's how to take your followers to your new instance:
mstdn.social/@feditips/1053178

Here's how to take your follows, mutes, blocks etc to your new instance:
mstdn.social/@feditips/1053233

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The official Mastodon website has a list of instances sorted by topic:

joinmastodon.org/communities

All of the instances listed promise reliable servers and responsible moderation (see joinmastodon.org/covenant for details).

There are thousands more instances out there beyond this list, but this list is probably the safest starting point.

You can also create your own instance at masto.host or federation.spacebear.ee

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You can form a discussion group on the Fediverse using Guppe:

gup.pe

You can see a group's posts by following the group's account.

You can post to a group 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

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 an avatar and intro text to your profile

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This account was set up to do infrequent lighthearted tips, and not frequent posts of serious stuff.

I'm aware that I'm currently clogging up people's timelines with a stream of very serious CW'd posts about human rights etc.

To get back to normal service on this account, I'm going to reply to people on the Lemmy thread through DMs, and ask that any further replies are DMs too.

Sorry about the chaos.

Please don't use Lemmy :( Human rights, oppression 

p.p.p.s. There was an older "reddit for the Fediverse" project called Prismo which had some working instances at one point.

Perhaps someone could resurrect it, to provide an alternative to Lemmy?

gitlab.com/prismosuite/prismo

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