Do you enjoy following someone's own posts, but they boost a lot of stuff you don't care about?
Did you know you can just mute their boosts without muting their posts?
1. Go to their profile page
2. Click on the menu button (the three dots in a column)
3. Click on "Hide boosts from..."
(Note: this only works with Mastodon accounts.)
Fediverse users who are blind or partially sighted rely on screen readers to read posts aloud.
It's important to add alt texts on images you post, so screen reader users know what is in them.
You can do this on Mastodon by clicking on "Describe for the visually impaired" after attaching an image.
But what if you forget?
Well, there's a useful bot which will send you an instant message if you forget to add alt text:
To use it, just follow it!
When you're reading a thread full of content warnings in Mastodon, do you get annoyed at having to open each warning one by one?
There's a really easy way to open all the warnings in a thread at once:
1. Go to the thread
2. Click on the eye-shaped icon in the top right corner to toggle all warnings open or closed
Have you ever been in a discussion thread on Mastodon where you don't want to take part any more, but people keep mentioning you?
There's a really easy way to opt out of one particular discussion:
1. Click on "..." in one of the thread's posts that mentions you
2. Select "Mute conversation"
Want to manage your friends list on Mastodon without scrolling through the entire list?
There's a really nice tool for doing so in the settings menu:
1. Go to "Preferences" (also known as "Settings")
2. Go to "Follows and Followers"
3. Click on the filters to find what you want, for example "Moved" shows accounts that have moved to another instance
If you want to find out more about an instance on the Fediverse, the easiest way to do it is through https://fediverse.network - just put the instance domain name after "fediverse.network/".
It works for all kinds of Fediverse sites including Mastodon, Friendica, PixelFed, PeerTube, Write Freely etc.
If you're on Mastodon and know the web address of someone on the Fediverse, you can use this to follow them.
1. Copy their profile's web address into the Mastodon search box (see screenshots).
2. Click search, this should bring up a link to the profile and a follow button next to it.
3. Click follow!
This works with many kinds of Fediverse addresses including PixelFed, PeerTube and others. Try it!
You can also use this technique with web addresses of individual posts.
If you're looking for people to follow on here, try #Trunk:
It's an opt-in directory of users who are looking for followers, organised by topic. (People are only listed if they actively ask to be listed.)
Just go to the list you want (e.g. https://communitywiki.org/trunk/grab/Musicians ) and click on people to see their profiles. To follow them, click on "follow".
To be added or removed, message one of the admin accounts listed on Trunk's front page.
You can very easily browse hashtags on the Fediverse by going to a large Mastodon instance and using the address (instance)/tags/(hashtag).
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.
You can follow multiple hashtags on Mastodon very easily:
1. Search for a hashtag
2. Go to the search results column, open its options and select "Pin"
3. On the pinned column, open its options and select "Include additional tags for this column"
4. Add all the hashtags you want to follow to "Any of these"
This pinned column will then show results for the tags you add to it.
It allows you to follow topics in a single column the same way you would follow people.
If you want to protect your followers' privacy, you can make your follower lists private:
1. Go to Settings
2. Go to Preferences
3. Tick the "Hide your network" box
4. Select "Save Changes"
You will still see your list of followers, but others won't.
(This also hides the list of who you follow.)
The 2.7.0 #Mastodon update added a site directory feature. You can see it by adding "/explore" to your instance's address, for example:
It's opt-in, so it only lists people who have asked to be listed.
You can add yourself like this:
1. Go to Settings
2. Go to Edit Profile
3. Add hashtags to your profile bio, to let people know what kind of stuff you like to talk about
4. Tick the "List This Account on the directory" box
5. Click on "save changes"
If you haven't seen it already, there's a lovely official animation which explains how #Mastodon works. It's perfect for sharing with people who are curious about joining:
"What is Mastodon?" (YouTube)
"What is Mastodon?" (PeerTube)
You can get a green verified link on your #Mastodon profile by adding a special code to your website.
Just go to Settings, then Edit Profile, then copy the code from the Verification section and add it to your website's front page, then Save Changes on your profile.
(If you don't want to keep the code on your site, you can remove it after you've saved the changes on your profile.)
Welcome new people! 👏 👋
Some useful #Mastodon features you might not know about:
Delete & Redraft - Click on the ... under your posts.
Tools to move instances - https://octodon.social/@schlink/100561221036847897
Block particular instances -
Image Descriptions - https://mastodon.social/@LiamErven/100549775260499384
Undocumented keyboard shortcuts - https://tootplanet.space/@YacYac/100551003949156532
Don't need link shorteners - https://mastodon.social/@jond/100549272934179851
...any others to share?
Easy-to-use privacy-conscious apps and sites for non-technical people:
mastodon.at is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.