You can greatly customise your Mastodon Notifications section by clicking on the slider icon in the top right corner.

Try the different settings, they're useful :blobsmile:

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Reminder that you don't need to use link shorteners like bit.ly etc on Mastodon.

All links on Mastodon count for 23 characters no matter how long or short they actually are.

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Just a quick reminder:

If you're posting a link on Mastodon, remember to put "https://" at the beginning, otherwise it won't work as a link.

This also applies to links in your profile.

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If you're new to Mastodon and the Fediverse, you may be looking for ways to connect with people.

Here are some suggestions:

✅ Do a post telling the world a little bit about yourself with the hashtag

✅ Visit the opt-in community directory Trunk to find people to follow, it's organised by topic:

communitywiki.org/trunk

✅ Use hashtags! These are the only way to search the fediverse, so they make your posts much easier to discover.

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Have you tried filling in your profile's metadata section?

You can add links, or even just random info, which appear as a table next to your public profile.

1. Click on "Edit Profile"

2. Go to "Profile Metadata" section and fill in one or more rows

3. (optional) To verify your ownership of a website, insert the verification code into your website's code. This will make verified links turn green on your profile with a tick next to them.

4. Click Save

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Did you know you can subscribe to channels from ?

Just paste the PeerTube channel's address into the search box on Mastodon, click search, then click follow.

Here are some examples:

@chrisweredigital - Popular tech-themed video blog by Chris Were

@animation - Creative Commons Animations

@documentaries - Creative Commons Documentaries

@blender - Official Blender channel

@ajroach42 - Old public domain films and serials

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If you want people to find your public posts on Mastodon or the rest of the Fediverse, there's something important you need to know:

📣 USE HASHTAGS!

For privacy reasons, the only way to search for posts on here is by hashtag. If you don't include tags, no one will see your post in searches.

Hashtags have to be spelt exactly, so and would bring up two separate sets of results. Include multiple tags if you're not sure.

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Did you know you can follow Pixelfed accounts from Mastodon?

Just paste the Pixelfed account's address into the Mastodon search box, click search, then click on the follow button.

Alternatively, if an account is already connected to your instance you can @ it directly.

A couple of days ago Paula shared her excellent account:

@paulakreuzer

Are there other nice Pixelfed accounts people would recommend following?

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If you're using Mastodon on a computer, did you know you can drag and drop files to attach them?

Start writing the toot, then drag a file into the box to attach it.

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If you're using a computer, did you know you can control Mastodon through your keyboard?

You can find a list of keyboard commands by pressing "?"

Also, an additional command not listed there: you can use emoji by typing ":" and then a keyword (for example ":smile") and then selecting the emoji with the arrow keys.

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Mastodon doesn't have a direct system to verify users' identities.

However, if you own a website you can verify your identity as its owner 👍

1. Go to Preferences > Profile > Appearance

2. Scroll down to "Verification", copy the code and paste it onto the front page of your website

3. Add your website to "Profile Metadata"

4. Click "Save Changes"

That's it!

Your website address should now be verified in green on your profile 🎉

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You can view all of a person's posts filtered by hashtag by adding "/tagged/" to the end of their public profile address, then adding the hashtag.

For example, here is a link to all of switching.social's posts tagged :

mastodon.at/@switchingsocial/t

This can be very useful for artists wanting to link to a portfolio, or writers wanting to link to articles about a topic.

You can also add these to your public profile page by going to Preferences > Edit Profile > Featured Hashtags

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

You can start your own Mastodon instance even if you're not a techy person by using a managed hosting service like masto.host:

masto.host

They do all the technical stuff like installation, upgrades, server maintenance etc behind the scenes. You own the actual instance, and control what happens on it.

You can follow them at:

@mastohost

If you want to invite friends, family, colleagues, readers or anyone else to sign up on the same Mastodon instance as you, try using the invitation system:

1. Click on "invite people" in the bottom left corner of the page. (If you're on multicolumn, click on the "invite people" link at the bottom of the Getting Started tab.)

2. Choose your invitation settings (uses and expiration date)

3. Click "Generate", then send a copy of the link to the people you want to invite

Mastodon's Lists let you follow handpicked accounts on their own timeline.

The single-column interface makes it a bit easier to use them:

1. Click on "Lists" in the right sidebar

2. Enter a new list title, click + to create it

3. Click on the new list's name to open it

4. Click on the three sliders icon in the top right corner, click "Edit List"

5. Click "Search among people you follow" and enter keywords, then click + to add to your list

6. Click outside the box to close it

If you're on an instance running the latest version of Mastodon, you may have noticed the image attachment button has turned into a paperclip 📎

This is because you can now attach lots of different kinds of media: images, video and audio 👍

The supported file types are:

JPEG/PNG/GIF for images

MP4/WEBM/MOV for video

MP3/WAV/OGG/FLAC for audio

There's a size limit of 8 megabytes on images and 40 megabytes on video/audio.

Did you know you can embed toots from Mastodon on other websites and blogs?

Just click the "..." at the bottom of a toot and select "embed" to get the HTML code.

Here's an example of it in action:

switching.social/an-example-of

Did you know you can search and type emojis on Mastodon just using your keyboard?

1. Type a : (colon) with a keyword straight after it with no spaces. This will automatically bring up relevant emojis.

2. You can select one with the arrow keys and the enter key.

That's it! 🎉

Mastodon has a dark theme by default, but have you tried the light theme?

It's especially good on the latest update (version 2.9 and above).

1. Click on Preferences

2. Click on Appearance (if necessary, not always needed)

3. Set "Site Theme" to "Mastodon Light"

4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click "Save changes"

5. Click "Back to Mastodon"

And that's it 👍

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