I made an instance previewer, so you can see the local/federated feeds of an instance without signing up: http://www.unmung.com/mastoview?url=xoxo.zone&view=federated
This could be very confusing.. for example someone is copying you, takes the same name, ava and stuff and claims he's is the real guy. (May be it can be overseen by average peeps or sth..)
Another detailed .gif on how to get verified.
The @Support account is official, a couple dedicated people helping users with questions (I do not personally post from it though)
So, heise.de wrote an article about Mastodon.
German language, obviously.
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