So, Mastodon has local timelines, and a federated timeline, but what is a “public timeline”, and what’s the opposite of that? A “private timeline”? If something is posted Unlisted (“Do not show in public timelines”), where *does* it show up?

OK, I read the frikkin manual:

“Unlisted toots are public, except that they do not appear in the public timelines or search results. They are visible to anyone following you and appear on your profile page to the public even without a Mastodon login.”

That’s some confusing language there. They’re public, but don’t show up in the public timeline?

@avram If a toot is marked unlisted, then it shows up only to those that follow you.

@avram Unlisted posts do not show up on the Local or Federated timelines; they show up on your Home timeline and your web-visible profile page. Private posts show up only on your Home timeline, and only your followers (or people you mention in them) can see them.

@avram they also show up in google search, you can do some trials with "site:"<instance naam> in order not to be too swamped with results

@avram think of it as non-advertised, as opposed to a public toot advertised to the local and federated timelines.

@avram Unlisted is visible to your followers and anyone looking at your user profile, but does not appear in public timelines.

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