"You have closed registrations on mastodon.social, so how will my friends get in or find me?"

Tell your friends to sign up on knzk.me/about then tell them: "Search for MyUsername@mastodon.social" and voilà, you have found each other.

It's very similar to how e-mail addresses work.

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Also, knzk.me is just an example! Your friends could have a freedom.horse or banana.dog username. The possibilities are endless.

Your friends can browse the list of servers on joinmastodon.org/ and filter it by interests or languages!

@Gargron Wouldn't it be better to direct towards joinmastodon or something like instances.social/?

@nocksock choice scares people away so it's always better to recommend something specific.

@Gargron@mastodon.social Newbie here: we can log into different instances with the same email/password right?

@devinprater Welcome to the fediverse! You can only log into the instance that hosts your user account, in your case mastodon.social. You can, however, freely browse other instances, and you can remotely follow other users that exist on different instances as well.

@devinprater @Gargron No, your user/pass combination is only for the instance you registered that account with. You could register multiple accounts with the same email/pw combo tho

@devinprater no matey, think of it like the email version of twitter...you can communicate across servers though

@devinprater or do you mean registering accounts on a variety of instances? You can have accounts on whatever instances but they're separate, if that makes sense

@nico Yes, that makes sense, thanks. I'm a newbie coming from Twitter. I'll spread the word about Mastodon to others who used to use native clients for Twitter on Windows because those were much more accessible to us than the site. I'm sure a programmer is making a Mastodon replacement program, so that'll help grow the Fedaverse as well. Maybe a blind.social instance as well.

@devinprater There's a really good python wrapper for the Mastodon api which I imagine could be used to build a great app for accessibility - I imagine there are plenty of good command line readers?

@nico Usually, people use GUI screen readers, like NVDA for Windows, VoiceOver for Mac/iOS, and <shudder>Orca</shudder> for Linux, although I use Emacspeak on my Mac because Emacs does a lot, like reading eBooks and such, and Emacspeak is great. But most blind folks use Windows, so there's that.

@devinprater @Gargron no - each instance is a seperate server. You set up an account on one, and if you want to move you set up a new account on the other. The instances do not share user credentials/login information with each other

@Gargron do you happen to know anyone who can help me fix my proxy config for my instance? trying to help with your sudden influx of users ;)

@Gargron I suspect you get this a lot - so sorry if I've missed it. Is there a away to migrate my account to a different instance if I find a more suitable one?

@Gargron brb, looking if banana.phone is a thing I can get.

@Gargron I messed up trying to link to invite tw*ter friends but now its telling me the app has my tw*ter login but I messed up my mastodon loggin so I can't continue with the process!

@Gargron oh thanks! Yes that was it. And wow it made me realize how many other apps I needed to disconnect!

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