Mastodon has Direct Messages (DMs), there are two ways to make them happen:
-Create a normal message, set its privacy to "Direct" and then @ mention whomever you want to receive the message. If you mention more than one person it becomes a group chat. This works on all apps and versions of Mastodon.
-If you're logged in through the website, or if you're using a third party app, you can click on the "..." menu on a post or a person's profile and select Direct Message. This then automatically creates a direct message just like the one in the previous method. You can also look at your previous DMs by clicking on the envelope or the "Direct Message" link in the menu.
The official apps don't currently have any specific DM features, but you can use the first method in them and it works fine.
The end result of both methods is exactly the same.
If for example someone exclusively toots in English externally, but based on sources in other languages, one can write the toot as normal, citing source names as normal, then...
here comes the trick, reply to your own toot to yourself, but set that toot as DM privacy level and put any notes and source URLs in that one.
Only you will be able to see it, as it becomes a DM from yourself to yourself, but it is forever attached to the public toot, so if anyone asks for clarifications or similar, you'll always have your notes handy for the context!
Twitter can't do that.
@feditips Thank you. I have Tusky and Mastodon. Will try them both to see which one suits me the best.
@feditips Thanks. On 'another site', you can only DM those who follow you. Does the same apply here, or can you DM anyone? (New here!)
Another question, if I may make so bold.
On another site, I am used to seeing items I RT turn up RT'd in my 'user' column.
Where, if anywhere, do the toots I boost show up, here? (Just so I can see what I have boosted.) Or doesn't it work like that?
Sorry for the newbie questions?
Boosts show up in your own timeline, and the timelines of anyone who follows you.
It also has an effect on which posts are featured in the "Explore" or 🔎 tabs that are visible from the website and certain apps.
If several people boost the same thing within a short space of time, it will only be shown once thanks to the timeline grouping feature.
(If you want to see the same post boosted multiple times, you can turn off timeline grouping at Preferences > Other > Group Boosts In Timelines, untick and click save changes. But I don't recommend this, as the grouping feature makes timelines much easier to browse!)