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Some random quick Mastodon tips which new people may find useful:

-You don't need link shorteners on Mastodon because all links count for 23 characters of your limit, no matter how long they really are.

-Make sure you include https:// at the start of website addresses so they will turn into clickable links.

-If you're using website Mastodon, you can switch to dark or light mode by going to ⚙️ Preferences > Site Theme > Mastodon Dark (or Mastodon Light). Some servers have even more colour options 🎨

-On the official app you can go to ⚙️ Settings and select Light or Dark there.

-You can report rule-breaking toots by clicking "..." on the toot and selecting Report. This goes to your server admin, and optionally anonymously to the rule-breaker's server admin too.

@NewNewDoug

I think 23 characters is the length of the link shortener on Twitter.

On Masto you get the same length without having to actually shorten the link.

Link shorteners are a problem for privacy because whoever runs them can monitor link clicks etc. That's why Mastodon doesn't use them.

@feditips
Wow, did not know about the links. Why 23 characters, though..? 🤔

@feditips thank you for the tips. Do you know if there’s an option to mute hashtags? I’m using the mastodon app on iphone…

@maru

On the web version you can filter out posts using certain words and phrases by going to Preferences > Filters > Add New Filter.

I don't know if this carries over to the official app, but give it a try?

@feditips wow, it *had* been a long time since i visited the website! Great to see all the possiilities. Time will tell it the mutes work on the app, too (if not it's not a problem)

@maru

Website is the most fully-featured way to use Masto, definitely!

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