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Todon 101

Welcome on or! It's an honour to have you on one of our Mastodon servers. 🙇

➕ First we will give you a few follow suggestions to start with. Click the + to follow someone. Please follow our admin, our moderators and as much other users as you like. After you clicked Done, your home timeline will be populated with posts from the users you followed.

🔩 Next we advise you to edit your profile, create a bio and upload your avatar (.eu/.nl). We also advise you to check your preferences (.eu/.nl), like which languages (.eu/.nl) you want to see on the public timelines and trending posts.

🔎 To allow your account to be discovered by others through the profiles directory (.eu/.nl), recommendations (.eu/.nl), trending posts (.eu/.nl) and other features, you need to enable the setting Suggest account to others (.eu/.nl). This is disabled by default for privacy reasons, but if you want to have the full social experience we advise you to enable this.
For the same reasons we disabled search engine indexing by default. If you want to be found via DuckDuckGo, Google and Bing you need to opt-in (.eu/.nl).

📯 Then it's time for your first post (aka toot)! Use the hashtag #introductions to introduce yourself (.eu/.nl).

👤 Now follow a lot of users! Mastodon had no corporate algorithm, so it's important you follow a lot of users yourself. You can even follow #hashtags. You can always go back to your personalized follower recommendations when you go to For you tab (.eu/.nl).
When other users like your intro and bio, they will probably follow you. You can follow them back and find more users to follow on the 👥 local & 🌍 federated timeline. Another tip is to look into the follower list of people you follow (if not hidden).

Other ways to find people and to make yourself discorerable are:

📚 Want to get help? There are multiple options for you:

🪪 Although Mastodon is, because of being open-source, in general more secure than commercial social media, there are still issues to consider. The most important one is probably the fact that direct messages can be read by your (and the receiving) server administrator. They have to manually consult the database and search for a specific user or message, but it is possible. So yes, we can read your direct messages if we want. We can promise you not to do this, but you shouldn't trust anyone on the internet, so also not us. This is not Mastodon specific, because also e.g. Twitter and Meta (Instagram, Facebook) can read your direct messages. The Mastodon developers are working on a fix and until then, don't be to personal in your DM's.
Click on the link below to read more about how to use Mastodon secure, especially for anarchists and other activists.

🖥️ Recommended browser extension:

  • Fediact: Mozilla Firefox (incl. Nightly for Android and Fennec), Google Chrome (and other Chromium browsers, including Kiwi & Yandex on Android)

    • This extension simplifies follow and post interactions on Mastodon servers other than your own. So if you feel lost on the fediverse sometimes, this extension is for you!

📱 Pick your mobile app:

📜 Don't forget to read our Terms of Service (aka our server rules).

💰 and are run and moderated by a small collective of volunteers, and is funded by your donations. More info on our Donations page.