Belated welcome to artists who are moving here (and other people who came in hearing about this place :) ). Here are 10 tips if you are new here, in no particular order.

1. If you are new here / tags are a good way to introduce yourself (and makes it easy for others to recommend you and/or figure out if you want to follow them)

2. it is ok to ask questions and join conversations as long as you do it respectfully, a lot of us met new friends here.

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3. Nodes/instances/servers form the fediverse. Its a bit like like neighborhoods. You live somewhere, but you can also commute elsewhere. So you can communicate with people on another node. Your full username is @ username @ server.name (without spaces)

4. Different servers can have different features. (e.g. different length of character by post) different file size limits. They might also have different community rules. Take a moment to read your Server.name/about/more page to learn more.

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5. You can add up to 4 images to a post (a lot of us call them toots like tooting your horn) You can set up where your thumbnails will focus. Don't forget to add accessibility text to your images. You can also post short videos and gifs.

6. In mastodon, you can put posts under a cut. We use these for content warnings, nsfw content, joke punchlines, hiding too long posts. You can also mark images as sensitive. (how these are interpreted varies a bit on other fediverse software)

7. You have several timelines on your dash. Home is people you follow, Direct messages are private conversations. Notifications are all mentions, boosts and favorites. Local timeline is posts from your server. Global timeline is everything that your server sees (not everyone, this one is a bit complicated to explain but briefly think of it like viewing distance in a game)

8. There are 4 post types on mastodon.

PUBLIC is visible everyone.

UNLISTED is visible everyone too but is not listed on local and global timelines (replies to toots UNLISTED by default)

FOLLOWERS-ONLY posts are locked to only people who follows you.

DIRECT goes to only people mentioned on the toot. Note that admins can see the direct messages, think of it less as secret and more as not spamming everyone on your follower list by a long conversation.

9. Take a look at your settings, you can customize your header, icons and information. You can actually verify your website and some social media links you put there.

Settings is also where you set your curate your experience. You can mute, block individuals or servers. You can require permission to follow you, filter out keywords. Change email settings etc.

10. your posts!

etc

Hashtags are how we find new people and content. You can also pin individual tags to your dashboard.

When writing hashtags with multiple words in it remember to camelCase to make it easy on screen readers.

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BONUS:
What makes mastodon the unique are the communities. Get to know the admins of your servers. They are people like you are! Support them if you can afford to. (or even run your own node, there even is a managed hosting service out there for mastodon)

multiple accounts or to move accounts happen. Don't worry about your metrics, you won't be penalized for them. Post quality content, interact with others. Chances are you will find the same reciprocated.

Welcome to mastodon! :)

@Thavie glad it was useful. :) Welcome to mastodon. :)

@eylul Thank you for these tips! I've got a question that I haven't been able to find the answer for so far, if you boost a post that's got a CW on it, do you need to somehow post your own CW on it? (It seems like not, but I'd like to double check)

Also, does the boost inherit the post's visibility and/or can you set your own on it? (Boosting a public post but making it unlisted for instance)

Thanks again! :flutteryay:

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