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:


@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.

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