hi new mastodon users, welcome to Vivian's Tips For Using Mastodon For People Who Know Nothing About It:

for a standard social media experience, do the following things:
- in settings (gear button) set your post privacy to "unlisted" by default
- don't check local/global timelines unless you really want to

that's it. IMO the public timelines are confusing for new users and will just get in the way. Oh, but also, use content warning (cw button) whenever appropriate.

I recommend setting posts to unlisted by default because it's how posting works on literally every other social media site.

You can set your posts to followers-only or public on a post-by-post basis if you want to change who can see what you post!

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