Hum. I'm trying to rebuild a nice community on mastodon but for the moment it's mostly really techsavy people and open source nerds. Not a super diverse audience, even more "mostly male" than my current Twitter audience :/
Hard to re-build a community.
@stephaniewalter one step would be to get off mastodon.social and find a smaller cosier server.
And there's a project called #Trunk on here, which let's you find lists of people, which may help.
But yes, there's a lot of men, it can be mitigated.
There's a really nice POC community in playvicious, and you can find and follow them if you search.
@stephaniewalter hmm. Fair enough but as someone who recently moved from mastodon.social to another server after spending a year on m.s I didn't feel like I needed to rebuild.
The function to import who I follow + redirecting helped a lot, and people followed back on the new account fairly fast.
However, I completely understand if you don't have the energy for it.
I did it slowly, but eventually the benefits outweighed the cost.
No need to MOVE. Open a secondary acct on another server and browse the local timeline. If you find someone interesting, remote follow them from your main acct - after asking for permission of course.
The first thing I did after opening an account on mastodon was to unfollow the suggestions bot and find interesting folk on my federated timeline. Search by tags on diverse topics (art, for example, is a diversity magnet!), and follow the posters.
Before I knew it my timeline was filled with gay folk, trans folk, furries, anarchists, 420 die hard fans, and some really weird oddballs for which there isn't even a category yet.
I'm even stunned by your statement that most of the ppl you've found here on Mastodon are mostly computer nerds. Completely opposite experience. Maybe we can exchange contacts? 😉
@stephaniewalter that's how twitter looked in 2007. Give it some time, the masses will come.
solid idea! so the #indieweb does these city-by-city meetups (we just had one yesterday!) https://indieweb.org/events/2018-08-22-homebrew-website-club#San_Francisco
Maybe if one was organized for masto folx? or anyone interested in AP/federated places.
@stephaniewalter It all depends on from what angle you're looking into here.
My experience is that this is about 100x more diverse than twatter.
So have a look on the wider fediverse, the flagship instance may not be a representative sample.
@stephaniewalter @angristan I've been maintaining my following list so that I can reasonably keep up with every toot. I have a pretty low bar for unfollowing, but then I can always follow someone again later. I don't see that the people I'm following right now will be the people I'm following forever, I see it as more dynamic than that.
@stephaniewalter You might like reading the wandering.shop instance (no need to move to do that). There’s a lady over there documenting her #bike trip across #Germany, several women creating #fibers from #scratch then using them for #knitting and #weaving, female authors and #book editors discussing a recent #literary #award, lots of #tea enthusiasts, and #cat-#picture-takers. Good luck finding different corners of the #Fediverse to enjoy.
@darkmirror I need to check how to follow an instant while beeing another one ^^ thanks a lot :)
@stephaniewalter Maybe you should try to encourage your followers to use mastodon. Many people don't know about mastodon yet.
@anonymous my audience on twitter is 80% male as well
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