A couple of people from various instances have mentioned that #Mastodon is confusing at first. So I decided to write a comprehensive guide on how to get started with Mastodon.

Hopefully this helps new users to Mastodon. Please do Boost if you feel it could be useful to others.

kevq.uk/how-does-mastodon-work

@kev "You can also Favourite a Toot. Which basically means that you support or agree with a Toot. It’s the same as a Facebook like, or a Twitter heart"

I'm not sure that's true. Isn't the intended purpose to add the toot in your favorite list, for easier retieval later? Though I admit in this case the counter shouldn't be there. I think you're right that a lot of people use it as a "like" button, but it's still not clear to me what's the initial purpose of that feature.

@kev Could also be interesting to mention that when you favorite, the author is informed, but no one else (as far as I know), while when you boost, all followers know it (obviously), but also anyone who look at your history.

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@youen @kev favoriting or liking is always done first for the recipient. the list is so you can go back and unfavorite/review/etc for whatever reason. bookmarking is a different use case.

@trwnh @kev Ok, my misunderstanding then (though I quickly found out that it's mostly used to "like"). I guess the term "favorite" is a bit misleading, but then "like" was already taken by FB.

@youen @kev "Favorite" is because old Twitter used to call them favs before changing them to likes. Since Mastodon was built in 2016 by disgruntled Twitter users, it "changed them back", so to speak.

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