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New here? Remember that Twitter is optimized to make you into passive consumers, by en(r/g)aging you with content that you don't choose yourself.

Here, that doesn't happen. But it also means you're responsible to find people to follow.

It will take some work.

If you're willing to put that in, you'll find a wide variety of friendly people that will be happy to have meaningful conversions and laugh and cry together with you.

Start by searching and looking at who other people follow.

@thomasfuchs

>[...]with content that you don't choose yourself.

Are you talking about "promoted" content?

@Ld00d Not just promoted content. The default Twitter timeline shows you your follows' likes rather than just their tweets and RTs, and it also drops follows' posts that are less popular. So, you not only see stuff you didn't sign up for, but also don't see stuff you did follow for. The Latest Tweets timeline is better, but still drops tweets sometimes, and it seems that Twitter likes to randomly switch people to the default timeline even if they want the chronological timeline.

@eishiya @Ld00d Twitter is optimizing for “engagement” which translates to emotional manipulation. On Mastodon there’s no incentive for the “owners” to do this—because it isn’t owned. So you’re not abused, at least not by algorithms.

@thomasfuchs Which is why everyone should do a #FollowFriday! Help everyone find the good people.

@thomasfuchs do you have a use for a SE30 - or have a recommendation of something cool I can do with it, if memory serves me right I also have a quado, a IIfx and a g3 tower — ideas or homes needed

@thomasfuchs Or you can just follow back every toot you see, and let God (and or Fate or Chaos) sort it out. Your choice

@thomasfuchs This is super important and great advice. Can't tell you how many people I've pointed at Mastodon who run away saying "I coulkdn't find anything interesting!". Umm, REALLY? :) How hard did you look?

@thomasfuchs I like to watch for boosts from people I don't follow, then check those people out and follow them too. Turns out the people who I find interesting also find other people interesting who might interest me.

@thomasfuchs another strategy I try to use is to just start tooting. It might feel like you are yelling into the wind at first, but pretty soon folks with similar interests will find *you* (instead of the other way around).

@thomasfuchs I'd really like it if Mastodon could show you a relative posting frequency indicator on people you follow. Would motivate me to seek those that are here for the duration, not just fair-weather twitter vacationers.

@thomasfuchs i think finding people doesn't really work differently here. The mechanics have always been people sharing posts of other people and this is still happening. It is just the order in the feed which is different. I personally, did not have problems finding interesting people after switching.

@thomasfuchs oh i should have done that, i just picked some chumps off the federated timeline and it's been hilarious

@thomasfuchs @sozialwelten Is there a way to search for hashtags on other servers then my own? My server has not so many accounts.

@thomasfuchs I have thought about creating some kind of service (for myself) that chases down things on mastodon that i might like.

@thomasfuchs ever since moving here, Twitter has become more and more suffocating to me.

@thomasfuchs this is beautifully said. Thank you. I mean, it's not all black and white, but it's definitely different in that direction. Thanks everyone who's making these territories of fediverse civil, friendly, even caring, and communal.

@thomasfuchs
I am not sure if this is an issue with the client "tootle" or the instance "rubber.social" but almost any time i go to someones profile and click on "Follows:" or "Followers:" there are either no names listed, or only these who i am already following in common with this new profile

This looks like some kind of overactive privacy setting that only these people should be shown that are already known

Do you have ideas how to solve this?

@thomasfuchs and also try not to feel guilty for unfollowing (hard for me, because I know I diddled their dopamine receptors with a follow, and unfollow might hurt...)

...however...

cleansing yourself so you can be a receptacle for the most high and divine joys is paramount to operating on any level of existence

ayy what can I say

@thomasfuchs I found some interesting people to follow by searching for #tags based on interests.

Then unfollow whoever is posting too much shit :mastodance:

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@thomasfuchs Forgive me dear sir,
Could you be so kind and advise where I can find some beautiful homo sapiens such as Vitalik, Alex Skidanov, etc., such a dreambot examples,
thanks.

@thomasfuchs I am still getting used to mastodon and how things work on here.

@thomasfuchs I've tried alternative social networks like Minds and I always end up getting annoyed at random people I'm not following posting idiotic content that shows up in my feed. Here though I only see things from people I follow, which means I'm only seeing things from people I'm interested in. The global/federated timeline is there as an option, but is its own thing and doesn't distract me or take up unnecessary space in my feed.

@gerowen @thomasfuchs I'm big on the idea of reducing idiotic content, but I don't always make the best choices who to follow. What I want is to limit people by posting frequency, so that I can see what all my friends are saying, not just the ones frantically posting fast enough to drown everyone else out. Especially people like that who fooled me into following them.

@thomasfuchs I came across this project you might find interesting too, a hashtag based directory
fediverse.info
add their tag to your bio, add interest tags, submit your url to the crawler and your in the sites directory. Kinda neat.

@thomasfuchs This is just Not True. If you you you use Twitterrific, like I habe done for over a decade,, you have just your naked timeline, chronologically, no ads, no „ suggestions“, no algorithms. You chose who to follow, according to your interest. Many Twitter users want to leave because of Musk, but if you continue with that false enarrative, they will be gone real fast.

@Developmentdoc "I use a niche alternative client that the vast majority cannot use, so it's possible in a very slender way to not be manipulated by the system" is a pretty poor argument.

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