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You can very easily browse hashtags on the Fediverse by going to a large Mastodon instance and using the address (instance)/tags/(hashtag).

For example:

mastodon.social/tags/recipe

This page includes public posts from the Fediverse using that hashtag. You don't need to be logged in to view the page.

Click on a post date to see it enlarged with replies.

Different instances show different combinations of posts, depending on who people follow on that instance.

@switchingsocial
Not exactly easy, IMO, it's one of the most counter-intuitive things about the platform. I hope we will get a global search in the future.

@aladar

Sorry, I should have written the post better 😕

There is global search for hashtags on your instance if you're logged in, and it displays a similar set of results, but it's displayed in a single column so it's not as interesting-looking. And you can't instance-hop for results from the logged-in results.

@switchingsocial
Thanks for sharing!

My expereince is, it might even be better to not be logged in!

I figured that I sometimes miss post on a hashtag when im logged in.
Only when I open a private mode tab, I seem to see the full content.

An example would be mastodon.social/tags/solarpunk

-> none when loggen in; lots (full pages, scrolling) in private mode.

#Hashtag #Overview

@kellerfuchs You can search for hashtags from the logged-in search box too, but they aren't laid out in the same way, and you can't instance-hop for different sets of results.

The tags screen is also nice for telling non-users about the kind of content available on the Fediverse.

@switchingsocial Yes, I'm aware I can use the search box.

By “this sort of hack” I meant specifically using another instance to get a larger picture of the Fediverse, rather than having working, global search.

@switchingsocial Since mastodon.host has one of the biggest federated feed, it may be best to go there for these results.

@switchingsocial@mastodon.at It's too bad the hashtag view got that 'update' that made it so busy and hard to read through

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