I'm thinking about launching an instance, but would like to get some decent federation going before I open it up to subscribers. Is there a socially acceptable method for this?

Or should I just invite a few people, and ask them to import their follow list first?

@phessler the typical approach I saw was admins following each other to get things going.

@mulander I think a combination of importing following lists, a themed follow-bot, and an ambassador bot, will be the best results.

hopefully, the follow-bot shouldn't be needed after a few weeks

@phessler @mulander I used a follow-bot for the first week or so, but it resulted in a lot of follows on japanese-mastodon for some reason. (Which made my federated timeline mostly in japanese, which didn't really help with content in the end since my users couldn't read it).
So be careful when selecting followers :)

@renatolond @mulander yea, it'll do some curated following, based on some simple heuristics to see if they are "on-topic" for the instance.

hopefully the bot can be deleted after 2 weeks.

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