@Temrin e.g. I followed you after you sent your first toot, so by default my feed just shows nothing: https://social.kithop.ca/media/XAHnh1qtpOZpoRE7JsQ
However, if I click your profile picture, it opens a tab with your actual feed as it is on the mastodon.social instance, which shows everything you've made public:
@Temrin There's a special 'Federated timeline' that is 'everything my instance knows about every other instance in a global feed'. I don't use it that much, because on a big server like yours it can be pretty spammy. Think of that kind of like Twitter's 'trending'.
@kithop Hmmm *nods* I just signed up for this one because it was what was shown to me. I had no idea it made a difference because i'm so used to social media being one big thing. Not like discord servers. XD
@Temrin Yeah, you're on basically 'the big server run by the core developers as an example instance', that many many people conflate with the entirety of the system. It's no big deal, but you may not specifically want to stay there.
@kithop So, when you said to me before that you had found some instances of content you were interested in, you just watched someone in that instance to get all the instances content? (sorry just confirming. Makes 0 sense to me LOL. I'm usually not this slow at understanding this sort of stuff.) It just feels wrong to watch someone to get access to their entire instance and not to watch their content for THEM.
@Temrin I mean, you can look at who I'm following, but it's the same as with Twitter. People 'boost' (retweet) other posts, I go 'oh hey, that's neat, what else do they talk about, cool, I'll follow them'. So I've ended up seeing tech-inclined furries, music, and stuff like that. I think witches.town and niu.moe have a lot of LGBTQ+ and/or furry-friendly types, for example.
@Temrin When posting, you see the little globe icon? That lets you specifically post public/followers only/private toots. 'CW' is 'Content Warning', and lets you tag your stuff with e.g. 'nsfw', which hides it by default unless someone clicks 'more' beside it to open the toot.
@Temrin If you haven't seen it yet, there's some good documentation too:
@kithop Yeah i've read all through those. It's not quite answering my questions.
@kithop I'm not even sure how to view their public feed. Is this the small feed on their join pages?
@Temrin Yup, that's it! All public posts sans replies.
@kithop hrrng. Thats rather frustrating and counter intuitive imo. So i have no choice but to sign up with a different instance/(at)Temrin(at)server to actually have access to it one my dash. I still cannot find if you can be logged into multiple accounts/instances at the same time or only one at a time. blurg.
@kithop (and reading that if a server goes down/gets deleted i have to sign up elsewhere under a different instance to get access to mastodon is weird to me. I dunno. It just makes more sense to me to have one name and allow people to join instances. From what i read on instances, they are pretty much like groups or discord servers. Lots of them have topics the group is about.)
@Temrin The threat of a server going down is always a thing, yeah. It's a function of size, money, maintainers. I mean, look at stuff like Yahoo Messenger or MSN or whatever - these things die too, and those are really big corporations.
But yeah, I don't think 'groups or Discord servers' is at all accurate. Think more... 'this instance is like hotmail.com and that one is like gmail.com and that one is yahoo.com'.
@kithop Hmm. Kay. Well it is still all weird to me. I'm sure I'll get it eventually. I think it's hard for me to associate it with email because really, you don't SEE the other people using your email service unless you happen to know their actual email.
@Temrin Right. I honestly never look at the federated feed or instance-wide feeds elsewhere, because this is how I think of it - it's just the server their account happens to live on, but it's the people I'm interested in, so I see them from boosts/who my friends are following or interacting with/etc. and then follow them too, just like I've done on Twitter.
@Temrin The only time you should worry about what instance it is is when *you're* signing up, because you're saying 'I'm going to make an account on your server, so I'm going to follow your rules, *and* you're the one responsible for hosting my posts, images, etc.' Otherwise, it's basically Twitter but where people's account names include the server they're on, because there's more than one server, like e-mail.
@Temrin The big instances like mastodon.social are akin to signing up for Gmail. They're big, they're well tested, you have a reasonable expectation that things are going to work fine, and there's enough people interested in it and funding / supporting it that you're pretty good.
Or you can sign up at someone's vanity instance because you want to be different. ;p
Oh, right, there's also https://yiff.fyi/about ... because yes, you could be firstname.lastname@example.org if you wanted. XD
@kithop Lol. Yeah i've seen a few like that and i'm just like no thanks. xD If anything i'd make something with like my website name or something in it just because but i'm not going to bother even looking into what it takes to run a server just for that lol. I'd use it for nothing else but that. XD
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