I've found that the best way to introduce people to mastodon is to immediately suggest them a server.

Even if it's an invite only server, you can message the admins that you have someone in mind for ther server and would like an invite link to send to them.

It helps a lot. This is how you'll get friends and family on here.

@maloki I've invited all of my face to face friends and several people from leftbook, but no bites.

@gcupc I guess it's all about how you sell it to them.

In my case it was "Okay, so I know mastodon is a bit foreign, but let me introduce you to this server" and so on. :)

@maloki yeah they get very confused when reading about joining.

Tho I haven’t actually just sent them link to a general instance 😆

@applecandy Think I may get my mom on birb.site too :D As she posts a lot of photos of her and her dog Maya

@maloki I post more pics on insta than birby site.

It’s like duplicate pic posting everywhere which will bore ppl I reckon if they’re on the same apps as me which some are!

@applecandy yeah, but at the same time. There's always someone who isn't everywhere. I guess?

@maloki yep. that’s why usually post stuff everywhere if can be bothered!

@applecandy Half the fun here on mastodon is what OTHER people make of it :)

Like some people's reactions to @Oskar <3

That's the birb.site i mean btw, not Twitter :D

@maloki yes, that's exactly where things fell down when the last wave of mastodon interest occurred and I tried to invite family and friends. Telling them to "pick an instance from this list" results in too many choices. Comparing it to email with "gmail vs hotmail vs Yahoo" didn't help enough to get over the initial barrier of "how do I even sign up for this thing?"

@keverets Definitely!

And at the same time, is that such a bad thing? Like. Maybe growing by people slowly trickling in isn't a horrible terrible thing, maybe it's just absolutely fantastic? :D

@BrookeTyler Server, instance. Two names meaning more or less the same thing.
You're in switter.at and I'm on mastodon.social.

If i had sex worker friends I'd recommend them Switter.at hands down.
But as I had a friend who has pets and adores pets, I recommended her to join @minego 's birb.site instead, and they are/were invite only, so I sent a generated invite for them to join.

@maloki that's actually a really good point, I had been struggling with how to introduce people to mastodon.

@tastytentacles I especially think the angle of "I think you'd love the locals on this server." is helpful.

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