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:

@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

That's it!

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 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.

Some examples:

fediverse.network/mastodon.hos

fediverse.network/nerdica.net

fediverse.network/pixelfed.de

fediverse.network/peertube.soc

fediverse.network/qua.name

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 :

communitywiki.org/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. communitywiki.org/trunk/grab/M ) 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).

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.

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.

Mastodon users,

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.)

Alternatively, you can find people to follow across the entire by using the directory:

communitywiki.org/trunk

It too is opt-in, so it only includes people who actively ask to be listed.

The 2.7.0 update added a site directory feature. You can see it by adding "/explore" to your instance's address, for example:

mastodon.social/explore

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"

There are many apps available, you can see an official listing here:

joinmastodon.org/apps

You can also follow the app makers on Mastodon:

Mast - @JPEG

Mastalab - @tom79@mastodon.social

Subway Tooter (in Japanese) - @SubwayTooter

Toot! - @tootapp

Tusky - @Tusky

If you want to run your own instance but don't want to do techie stuff, you can get fully managed hosting from Masto.Host:

masto.host

They're also on Mastodon at:

@mastohost

You control your instance, they do the behind-the-scenes technical maintenance.

If you haven't seen it already, there's a lovely official animation which explains how works. It's perfect for sharing with people who are curious about joining:

"What is Mastodon?" (YouTube)
youtube.com/watch?v=IPSbNdBmWK

"What is Mastodon?" (PeerTube)
peertube.video/videos/watch/0b

You can get a green verified link on your 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.)

Want to use a link shortener on ?

Don't! :blobsurprised: All links in Mastodon posts count for 23 characters, no matter how long they really are.

(via @jond )

If you're using on a laptop or desktop computer, you might want to know about its many keyboard shortcuts ⌨️

Click on the "Getting Started" tab, then click on "Hotkeys" link at the bottom. This will give you a complete list of shortcuts.

Welcome new people! :blobcheer: 👏 👋

Some useful features you might not know about:

Delete & Redraft - Click on the ... under your posts.

Tools to move instances - octodon.social/@schlink/100561

Block particular instances -
mastodon.social/@CM_noelle/100

Image Descriptions - mastodon.social/@LiamErven/100

RSS Feeds - mastodon.at/@switchingsocial/1

Undocumented keyboard shortcuts - tootplanet.space/@YacYac/10055

Don't need link shorteners - mastodon.social/@jond/10054927

...any others to share?