A few years ago I made this flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!

So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.

This is why it's important to boost good posts and use hashtags - the fediverse is fragmented and harder to search by nature.

[ #mastodon #meta #tootorial #howto #mastopedia #mastotip ]

Amazing what your can do in a couple of hours using SwiftUI and Swift Concurrency.

(Yes I am totally predictable)

another thing to keep in mind: yes, some things that you can do on Twitter aren't possible here without direct consequences – blocks, instance bans, etc.

but it's also the other way around: some things that are ~problematic~ on Twitter are fine here. For example: nudity (on most instances: properly tagged/blurred, please consult your instance rules etc etc).

Every time we get a new wave of people on here, we see reports of perfectly fine (heh.) posts, because people are so used to policing


Adding on to my massive long online-community-management thread: Here's a great post from the admin of chaos.social on his experiences running a Mastodon instance along with @leah. There's overlap with running any kind of online community, but federated stuff has its own specific quirks that @rixx highlights nicely in this blog post. A worthwhile read if you're thinking of setting up a Mastodon server or any online space.

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Congratulations to the Twitter team on their incredible journey!

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