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:
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.
Are you using the advanced (multicolumn) interface?
That option isn't available on the default (single column) interface.
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
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 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
The most popular suggestion on the Mastodon github is to have a proper option to follow hashtags:
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…