@firstdogonthemoon Yep. You lose your toots but you can export your follow lists so you’re not starting completely from scratch again. You can also be active on multiple instances at once if you want. It’s like having multiple email addresses.
@firstdogonthemoon Yep, I did it manually but early on so I only had to refollow a small number.
If you do, let your followers know and they'll refollow you on your new instance.
You can join multiple instances if you want.
The difference is in utility of smaller instances as a themed community where you might find companionable strangers, vs mastodon.social as a polyglot grand central station. In a big instance, the instance timeline isn’t of much value except as “oh look, thousands of people saying stuff in many languages”.
Which is also nice, obviously.
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