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After spending a month on mastodon it still feels disconnected and not as easy to use as I had hoped.

The fediverse might be great as a whole but why is it always so many steps to reply to someone?

I can see why the average user would be put off by yet another social network when it's already easier to use elsewhere.

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@okpierre Yep, some searching, hashtags, and a fair bit of general snooping around are about the only way to build up an interesting timeline. (Choosing a more niche instance might help, too.) Replying through other servers' web interfaces may be tedious, but I've no problem with it from my instance or Android app.

@janboddez

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Main issue I'm now having is the experience while I am signed in

-click arrow to reply to your post
-popup appears to ask me to enter my username@domain
-enter my username@domain
-it brings up my post along with your reply
-click on arrow again to reply

Finally I can type this and reply to you

There has to be an easier way just to reply to a post via desktop. Any tips?

@okpierre Hmm. Currently logged in on mastodon.social and I can reply right away... 🤔 (Click array below post, start typing, hit Toot!) Only thing that works even more smoothly, is the Tusky app on my Android phone.

@okpierre (That's from my home timeline, or notifications. If I open a specific toot's permalink, however, replying there happens the way you describe it.)

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