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Due to popular demand, and the ever-increasing net to explain Mastodon to newbies as every instance is being bombarded with new users...

I've gone ahead and create a video tutorial that should help folks get to grips with all of this platform's particulars:

Intro to Mastodon 101
youtube.com/watch?v=W22msAw2zw

Special Thanks to:
@noelle @Gargron @MillennialDog @Rybark

I certainly won't ask for anyone to boost this, but I'd definitely appreciate any comments or criticisms as this was a larger undertaking than I thought it'd be!

Hopefully eight minutes isn't too long for a website tutorial!

ALSO, MY VOICE IS SUCH HELL. I AM SO SORRY TO SUBJECT YOU ALL TO IT.

@tahajin I like it. It's calm, and I was able to understand pretty well despite how I have a hard time making out sounds, in particular speech.

@Nomaxice Aw, jeez, thanks! I tried my damnedest to make sure I was enunciating everything else despite the uh...handful of speech impediments I operate through!

@tahajin I liked your voice! :)

The video was very informative and well produced!
Every now and then I felt the audio levels/mixing made it a bit difficult to follow, at least for me - but other than that it was absolutely excellent!

@DareLooks Not surprised, this is my first time using my voice in a video since...what, like early high school - so about eight years or so? My dialogue mixing is ROUGH.

But I'm glad most of the important stuff came through!

@tahajin @noelle @Gargron @MillennialDog @Rybark You mean there's a better way than just jumping off the deep end and hoping not to drown? Fascinating (Spock voice)

@tahajin Don't be shy about your voice! Nothing odd about it. Wouldn't have thought twice about it if you didn't mention it.

@tahajin @noelle @Gargron @MillennialDog @Rybark

hey guys, I just created my account and your .. post ? helped me understand it better :) thx !

@tahajin @noelle @Gargron @MillennialDog @Rybark this is so, SO good.

tangential: are there any technical barriers to implementing a (group) DM solution as part of Mastodon with the Signal protocol?

@0xKruzr I wouldn't know off the top of my head but, theoretically, that would just operated like a private instance, which already exists!

@seb_ly Shoot, that's awesome to hear!! Thank you so, so much!

@tahajin Thank you so much for this! And I really enjoyed hearing your own voice in the video. 👍🏼
@noelle @Gargron @MillennialDog @Rybark

@Gargron @tahajin Is there a way to prevent the timelines from auto-refreshing? 🤔

@tahajin This was so well done. Thank so much for putting this together hun.

@Therian No problem at all! Though it did wallop my weekend...! I’m so bloody tiiired. ;~;

I was thinking about boosting this on bird site but everyone with a similar following to me has been auto-modded into oblivion for saying TERFs can suck it, so, y’know.

@tahajin good video. sure to get a lot of hits in the coming days.

@vey YOU’RE DOPE.
Nah but seriously, thank you~.

@jeroenpraat No problem and uh, I’d rather keep it under my account, if at all possible!

@tahajin
Thanks! Of course, but if you want to keep it under your name, you should upload it yourself somewhere on PeerTube.

@tahajin Hi, did you already upload your video somewhere on Peertube?

@jeroenpraat Nnnot yet, no. Sorry, is there something wrong with it being on YouTube?

@tahajin Yes, because I want to embed it on our wiki, and we don't embed content from proprietary sites.

@tahajin @Gargron @MillennialDog
Ok I just went back to the bird site to post a link to it 😎

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