Some good hashtags to check out on the Fediverse:

- Things people have baked

- Pictures of good bois

- Plants and flowers

- Discussing sci-fi and fantasy books

- Artists on the Fediverse

& - New people on here, say hello

& - Music tracks currently listened to

- Pictures of cats on Saturdays

- Mushrooms and other fungi

& & - Fiction and poetry short enough to fit into a toot

- Pictures of moss

- Interesting artists on Bandcamp

- Anything you are reading

- Anything you are writing

& - Requesting help or info from people on the Fedi

- French language discussion of books on Fridays

- Italian language discussion of music

Follow

Unfortunately Mastodon's default interface doesn't allow you to follow hashtags.

It would be great if this feature was added to standard Mastodon. If you agree, please give a thumbs up 👍 to this issue on the Mastodon git:

github.com/mastodon/mastodon/i

NOTE: Hashtag following doesn't mean changing the way federation works. Following hashtags could be just limited to showing posts that are already visible from that instance anyway.

The idea isn't to show every tagged post everywhere on the Fedi, but just to save the user the bother of having to repeatedly search for interesting hashtags manually.

This has already been implemented on e.g. Friendica, which is part of the ActivityPub Fediverse.

@feditips

huh, I follow hashtags and it works? I have a timeline for hashtags that I want to follow

@selea

Are you using the advanced (multicolumn) interface?

That option isn't available on the default (single column) interface.

@feditips

I am yes, so I think the issue should be removed and reopened with a more clear title, like "followed hashtags should appear in the home timeline too" or something

@selea

That's a good point, I'll try to remind them that the feature already exists in the issue!

It is so odd that this feature is missing from the default version.

@feditips

It should defintely exist as an option in the home timeline

@selea having a timeline column showing a specific hash-tag IMHO is different from following a hash-tag (and e.g. get notifications on your mobile client or wherever). Or did I miss something here? @feditips

@IzzyOnDroid @selea

By "follow" I mean that posts with that hashtag would appear in your timeline, the way it works on Friendica.

I'm not sure what notifications you mean? Hashtags don't do anything to provoke notifications?

@feditips Sorry, I've mixed something up due to distraction (I should limit multi-tasking 🙈 ) – please ignore my previous toot on this. Of course they should only show up in the "personal timeline", when followed. Having it in a specific timeline is not bad either – always good to have a choice. @selea

Hi @selea how can I "follow" a hashtag in a multicolumn interface? btw. I have a multicolumt interface ...
@feditips

@selea
Thanks! But there is no way to follow more than one hashtag in one list, right?

@AlexSittner @selea

Yes you can.

Click the column's settings icon in its top right corner, select the "include additional tags for this column" toggle and enter the additional tags in the "any of these" section.

@feditips
I can't enter more than four hashtags. Is that correct?
@selea

@AlexSittner @selea

Yeah, apparently that's the limit. You can pin additional hashtag columns though.

Hello @Mastodon
Hello @Gargron

four aditional hashtags for a hachtag-list ist a pretty small range. Is that a software or server limitation? Can you please lift it up?

@feditips @selea

@AlexSittner @Mastodon @Gargron @selea

The most popular suggestion on the Mastodon github is to have a proper option to follow hashtags:

github.com/mastodon/mastodon/i

If you're comfortable using Github, give it a thumbs up?

This option already exists on Friendica and it has done for years, so it is definitely possible.

@feditips but I’ve long been following hashtags on Mastodons default desktop view. I have a column set up that filters on 4 or 5 hashtags that I watch…

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