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Have you ever clicked on an interesting account on Mastodon but it was empty, with hardly any posts or followers?

It might be that the account is very active, but your instance just hasn't updated its data about it yet because it's on another instance.

To see the latest info about an account, click on its profile picture to open its public page. This is hosted on its home instance, so it's up to date.

For example, switching.social's public page is mastodon.at/@switchingsocial

p.s. I know this particular tip is going to be obvious to many of you, but when I've told this to some people on here, they were very surprised, which is why I gave it its own post.

I think it's because people are so used to centralised sites where everything is synchronised, and it takes a bit of time to get used to federated networks instead.

p.p.s. To see the latest version of a particular post, click on its datestamp to open its public page in a new window.

For example, if you click on the datestamp below the original post, it will take you to this page:

mastodon.at/@switchingsocial/1

@switchingsocial It is in fact unintuitive. And there is way to improve for Mastodon.

1. Show a notice like "Haven't fetched any toots yet for this profile."
2. Load the profile's latest toots immediately and display them as soon as they have been loaded.

@marian @switchingsocial

Hmm Web client like halcyon do fetch toots on remote profile, a simple fetch toot button would be awesome

@switchingsocial It's actually great that they don't sync automatically sometimes because I'll see some of my old posts that I didn't even remember I made since those boosts are the only things the remote instance sent to mine.

@switchingsocial Helpful hint. Thanks. One would think federation would work for any account you follow automatically, no?

@Tchambers

As far as I know, if you follow an account your instance will automatically show the latest posts from that moment onward.

However, I'm not sure how often instances update stats (followers, posts etc) for accounts you follow.

@Tchambers

Just to make clear, following an account definitely helps federation happen 👍

If you want an account to be more visible on your instance, follow it.

@switchingsocial This is very helpful! I've gotten follows / follow requests from seemingly empty accounts and I didn't know what the deal with that was.

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