@Temrin e.g. I followed you after you sent your first toot, so by default my feed just shows nothing: social.kithop.ca/media/XAHnh1q

However, if I click your profile picture, it opens a tab with your actual feed as it is on the mastodon.social instance, which shows everything you've made public:

social.kithop.ca/media/T71PKhg

@Temrin There's a special 'Federated timeline' that is 'everything my instance knows about every other instance in a global feed'. I don't use it that much, because on a big server like yours it can be pretty spammy. Think of that kind of like Twitter's 'trending'.

@kithop Hmmm *nods* I just signed up for this one because it was what was shown to me. I had no idea it made a difference because i'm so used to social media being one big thing. Not like discord servers. XD

@Temrin Yeah, you're on basically 'the big server run by the core developers as an example instance', that many many people conflate with the entirety of the system. It's no big deal, but you may not specifically want to stay there.

@kithop So, when you said to me before that you had found some instances of content you were interested in, you just watched someone in that instance to get all the instances content? (sorry just confirming. Makes 0 sense to me LOL. I'm usually not this slow at understanding this sort of stuff.) It just feels wrong to watch someone to get access to their entire instance and not to watch their content for THEM.

@Temrin I mean, you can look at who I'm following, but it's the same as with Twitter. People 'boost' (retweet) other posts, I go 'oh hey, that's neat, what else do they talk about, cool, I'll follow them'. So I've ended up seeing tech-inclined furries, music, and stuff like that. I think witches.town and niu.moe have a lot of LGBTQ+ and/or furry-friendly types, for example.

@Temrin When posting, you see the little globe icon? That lets you specifically post public/followers only/private toots. 'CW' is 'Content Warning', and lets you tag your stuff with e.g. 'nsfw', which hides it by default unless someone clicks 'more' beside it to open the toot.

@kithop Yeah i've read all through those. It's not quite answering my questions.

@Temrin I think this sounds like what you're describing?

github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Doesn't sound like something you can do directly in your feed, unfortunately - you'd have to open a tab and browse the instance homepage to view their ongoing public feed specifically.

@kithop I'm not even sure how to view their public feed. Is this the small feed on their join pages?

@Temrin Yup, that's it! All public posts sans replies.

@kithop hrrng. Thats rather frustrating and counter intuitive imo. So i have no choice but to sign up with a different instance/(at)Temrin(at)server to actually have access to it one my dash. I still cannot find if you can be logged into multiple accounts/instances at the same time or only one at a time. blurg.

@kithop (and reading that if a server goes down/gets deleted i have to sign up elsewhere under a different instance to get access to mastodon is weird to me. I dunno. It just makes more sense to me to have one name and allow people to join instances. From what i read on instances, they are pretty much like groups or discord servers. Lots of them have topics the group is about.)

@Temrin The threat of a server going down is always a thing, yeah. It's a function of size, money, maintainers. I mean, look at stuff like Yahoo Messenger or MSN or whatever - these things die too, and those are really big corporations.

But yeah, I don't think 'groups or Discord servers' is at all accurate. Think more... 'this instance is like hotmail.com and that one is like gmail.com and that one is yahoo.com'.

@Temrin They're groups in that yeah, you'll get a core set of people being like 'we're going to make our own instance, so-and-so will run the server, we'll all chip in some money for costs, and we set our own rules about how our place is going to be awesome', but I'm not sure people use the server-wide feed as a general chat like you would on Discord.

@Temrin Think of it more like 'we can run our own Twitter server and set our own rules to keep out people we don't like or enforce behaviour we want to see'. It's really meant to be more like Twitter without the corporate control.

@kithop Hmmm okay. That stuff i get the appeal of. It's just weird to me, the way it interacts and works overall. I'll get it eventually.

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