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Real long aggregation of Mastodon etiquette for birdsite expats 

Some Mastodon thoughts, for bird-site expats (which include myself). I'm aggregating these from posts I've boosted before, so little of this is my own brain.

- There's no algorithm here. That means favoriting/liking doesn't do anything except communicate approval to the OP and others (which is still nice!).

- No algorithm means boosting ("retweeting") is the true method to increase a post's visibility. Do that more than you did on birdsite.

- There's no post-quoting here, and that's by design. Look at quote-tweets on the birdsite; it's a feature primarily used for toxicity.

- There's no direct word-search here either; that means you want to use hashtags to make posts more searchable. This is also intended, since word-searching posts was often used to harass/stalk on the birdsite and elsewhere, so that was left by the wayside here. This also means hashtags are much more a thing here than any of the algorithm-powered sites.

- It's encouraged to put in text descriptions when you post images; a lot of Mastodon users use screen-readers due to various disabilities, and getting an image description read out loud helps them immensely.

- Speaking of screen-readers: using capitalization in your hashtags allows the screen-readers to read them more easily, especially if you're smashing multiple words together. #rockmusic = unreadable. #RockMusic = readable.

- The best way to make threads is to make set your first post as public, but "unlist" all of your replies. This prevents your whole thread from clogging up feeds.

- Content Warnings should be used more liberally here. If you haven't gotten the impression yet, much of Mastodon was built and populated by marginalized groups who were harassed/bullied off of other platforms. This is the culture they built, to respect each other's mental health. It's not a rule, but it's well-appreciated.

- Consider chipping a few bucks towards whomever runs the server you're on; the strain is real, and most server admins were likely paying out of pocket before so don't have an existing donation base. The growth here has been extremely fast, and that means money's needed.

- DMs are just posts with privacy settings. So if you @ someone in a DM, you pull them into the thread. That could be embarrassing.

- Also, no, DMs aren't end-to-end encrypted, but they aren't on Twitter either. Don't use either if you want true privacy.

- Including your Mastodon handle in your birdsite profile will help people find you here; there's a tool ( is one of them that's used) people can use to pull Mastodon handles from Twitter profile.

- Use the blocking and reporting features liberally, if needed. This should go without saying, but they work, and work well!

- If there's an entire Mastodon server you don't want to hear from, you can block the whole thing too.

- Preferences -> Appearance -> "Slow Mode": this can make larger "Local" feeds and any "Federated" feed much more readable.

I'll reply with some more as I see them, or reply here too. I've only been here 4 days but I'm loving it so far.

"What is originality, after all, but the shape that results from the natural impulse to communicate to others that feeling of freedom, that unconstrained joy?"

Definitely need to pick up this new Marukami book on writing. ✍️

I've worked in social media for the last fifteen years, and every time there is a new platform, the first few months for me are either an ongoing desperate longing for my friends and colleagues to hurry up and figure it out 😩 (which may take months or sometimes years), or the platform crashes and burns πŸ”₯ before it really matters. Hoping this is the former.

Just a subtle reminder that on #mastodon #favourite or star icon will only tell the writer of the toot that you have read it.

In order to show this #toot to your other followers you will have to #boost or click the #recycle icon.

I wrote an entire book about the commercial content moderation of online spaces. It’s called Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media. The paperback edition came out on Yale University Press last year and has a new preface.

This could be a good time to read it. Just saying.

Hey, so, we've hit 1,028,362 monthly active users across the network today. 1,124 new Mastodon servers since Oct 27, and 489,003 new users. That's pretty cool.

Is anybody here a part of any good writers group chats/discords? I’m always on the lookout.

I’ve been thinking of starting one for #literaryfiction and #upmarketfiction writers, particularly if agented. Anyone interested?

An introduction, with tags to attract engagement? I guess? Is this what we're doing?:

I'm a #fantasy #writer whose debut series is #ancientrome with #magic.

I'm also an #educator. I've taught at a community college and I used to work for #Shakespeare. Now I help create #mythology -themed summer camps.

I love #history, #fashionhistory, #rhetoric, #starwars, #startrek, and other #geekery.

I'm one-third of a #worldbuilding #podcast.

I like #wine and #cider.

I did my intro toot back in 2017, so revisiting:

I'm Crystal, the author of FEAST OF SORROW, about the ancient Roman gourmand Apicius, and THE CHEF'S SECRET, about the famous Renaissance chef Bartolomeo Scappi. πŸ’πŸ–πŸ₯§πŸ·

I'm also the Academy social media professor.

Interested in:

It's pumpkin season!! This 500-year-old pie recipe from Bartolomeo Scappi, Renaissance chef to the popes, is one of my favorites. Sooo delicious! πŸ₯§πŸŽƒ

Pumpkin Tourte ~ A Delicious Renaissance Cheesecake Pie Recipe

The platform has a lot of potential, but they really need to find a better way to onboard and simplify the experience to garner broad appeal. The whole server thing is super confusing for the average person. When I explain it to others their eyes just glaze over because it seems like too much to figure out.

Hi all! I'm so thrilled to say that I'll be doing a holiday book fair with the Arlington Author Salon on Nov 12th. Come buy a book from me or one of the more than 2 dozen authors there. A signed book makes a wonderful holiday present!

And of course, there is already a so it only makes sense to add my ragdolls Merlin and Nero into the mix.

The Biggest Historical Fiction Books Coming This April via Bookbub. Psst. One of them is mine! Yes, yes, some shameless self-promotion. But at least it's not in your DM box. :kissing_heart:

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