I love Mastodon, and even though it was the downfall of the bird site that brought me here, it is (almost) everything that I wanted Facebook to be as well.

But I am uncertain whether and how to use Mastodon to promote my small nonprofit.

In late 2020, I was pushed by one of our graduates to get our tiny nonprofit on more social media. She set us up with an Instagram account and a Twitter account. 1/4

#nonprofit #TwitterMigration #TwinCitiesMN #MNastodon #Minnesota #SecularHomeschool

I am beginning to put together a page of links to info about how to get started on Mastodon, how to pick a server, how to set up your own server, etc…


please do let me know if you have suggested additions… the target audience is new-folks


starting every work email subject line with "cw: business, capitalism, "

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This is a provisional re-#introduction toot while I find out how this influx of people shapes the *~vibe~* of the place.

My name is Weezy, I'm interested in making things, learning things and trying to improve myself. I try to be respectful and I hope my friends and people with the expertise/experience are willing to correct me if/when the situation arises.

I use they/them pronouns, I'm british, white and living with long term health issues.

I have 2 cats and more hobbies than sense.

CW discourse 

Given that probably 98% of what I will post will be directly or tangentially related to hate groups, individual nazis or the looming specter of the march of fascism in general, I toyed with the idea of just not doing CWs *at all* because I'd be CW *everything* I post. But then it was made clear to me that:
-CWs are affirmative consent by the viewer to see content, rather than the passive consent granted by simply adding someone's account to your timeline.
-Assuming everyone in your timeline wants to see your content doesn't account for the people NOT in your timeline who DON'T want to see it and who MIGHT be subjected to it through someone else's boosts / reposts.
-It's seriously easy, just click "CW" and then think up of a summary of the stuff in your post. Like a title for a forum post.

I may slip up here and there. I'll be better.

New iOS Mastodon app. Tusker! It is very accessible! Contains router actions, and everything is labeled. Get it here https://vaccor.space/tusker/ #TwitterMigration #Twitter #Mastodon #Apple #IOS #Accessibility #Fediverse #A11y #App

Hey do any of y'all have anyone on here who also has epilepsy and the vagus nerve stimulator??

Like so many, I'm still pretty new to Mastodon, but one social norm I've really come to appreciate is the liberal use of Content Warnings. Maybe something for us newbies to be mindful of if we post about things like Election Day in the US.

I just spent about 20 minutes scrolling through my timeline on Twitter. I think I'm really starting to understand and appreciate the value of Content Warnings on Mastodon.

The day it became official that Elon Musk had purchased Twitter (hereto after referred to as “BS” for BirdSite), I began the process of migrating myself away from Twitter. I had already abandoned Facebook years before, but found myself clinging to BS for the speed in which news travels in that realm.

My original plan was to slowly walk away from BS, starting by just using it less, and eventually phasing it out. That changed once I found out through my contacts in the Blindness and Disability community that Elon had fired the entire Accessibility team. I can ‘deal’ with a lot of things from the capitalist class, muttering the entire time ‘there is no ethical consumption in capitalism’, but that was a red line. In a matter of minutes I had found scripts people used to try to find contacts on Mastodon, found a couple, then nuked every account I was using.

I decided to use the opportunity to dive head first into the Fediverse. I had played around with it some before, but drifted back to BS. With that no longer an option, I had to put some effort into it. I started hosting my own Hubzilla instance, but had a bit of trouble getting started and getting federated, so eventually I abandoned it. It wasn’t ready for primetime.

After playing a bit with Mastodon on a virtual machine to get a taste for the backend, I decided to go forth, buy a digital ocean droplet and just use the script the Mastodon devs had created. Setting my own instance up this was was extremely easy. Now, I used a domain I had laying around that sounded cool, ghastr.com, and set up Mastodon on a subdomain, but it can easily be done by someone who isn’t overly technical provided they find and follow step-by-step instructions (I’d include some but I didn’t write down the steps and it’s getting late).

People migrating to Mastodon and exploring the fediverse is an amazing, wonderful thing. It reignites my passion for technology to a degree, having come to loathe it.

The Fediverse though is going through a lot of growing pains, growing pains that will only get worse: some instances will not be able to scale, crowdfunding will only go so far, admins will struggle to make ends meet. The success of Mastodon depends on how much mutual aid people are willing to invest.

What I would like to see, and wish I had the expertise and knowledge, is some way of separating the Identity Management from the individual instance, or at least make that much more capable of being a universal identity. For example I would want to be able to use all the features of other apps like Friendica, Pixelfed, etc. but would like them to all be part of one identity somehow, whether that’s aliasing back to a central identity but “keeping” the software-specific stuff there.

There is real, genuine excitement around this and growing numbers looking for a less commercial alternative. Wonderful, let’s take back the web, one affinity group at a time.


Hey, so, we've hit 1,028,362 monthly active users across the network today. 1,124 new Mastodon servers since Oct 27, and 489,003 new users. That's pretty cool.

gcrossan@mastodon.social Thanks for the follow. I had no idea you are a lego enthusiast, learn something new every day. :)

Does anyone know how I can go about embedding a toot in a WordPress post? Gutenberg doesn't have an embed block for Mastodon yet.

CW Mastodon Etiquette 

Hi everyone, there’s a lot of new people who have joined the community (myself included) and while it’s great we’ve found a bunch of people who are welcoming us in, we need to learn the customs here, otherwise we won’t fit in. I’m going to talk about content warnings and how they are used here.

Content warnings are used to hide toots about topics which people might not want to read. While normally used for topics like violence and SA, here they’re used a lot more liberally, including for politics, niche topics, and even food toots. This is because everyone on your server can see everything you toot, and the lack of an algorithm means toots aren’t filtered based on interest, so people use CWs to reduce the ‘noise’ of toots that aren’t of fairly general interest, or which may cause confrontation or trigger a trauma response.

If you’re dunking on a politician with your #auspol mates, or you’re decrying the Herald Sun, or sitting down on Sunday morning for your #insiders watch party, keep in mind not everyone wants to read about it. Click the ‘CW’ button when you toot, add a quick line so people can see if they want to read it (such as “windfall tax” or “Peter Dutton” or “News Corp”), and you’ll be helping people to read the toots they want to read. Oh, and put your hashtags in the body, as tags in the CW label don’t register, and tags in the body can still be found using search even if a CW is applied.

Anyone know if there's a mastodon instance for iOS developers?

No open LGBT-focused instances aside from a Korean one (I don't speak it) that I can find...

Probably not a lot of people know this now, but Mastodon's web app started out with "Publish". In 2016 a famous YouTuber jokingly offered to support Mastodon's Patreon forever if I changed the button to say "Toot" instead. Needless to say, this was a really early, and not very informed decision. The first glimpse of attention and financial support. As a non-native speaker I had no idea there was another meaning.

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I've seen a few people ask what happens if the instance you are on closes down.

Tradition on Mastodon is that all the people on that instance are buried alive with the admin in a giant pyramid made of old phones and laptops. 😵

I’ve been on Twitter since 2007 & it wasn’t until this week that I felt compelled to find an alternative. Mastodon isn’t the same; it’s not meant to be! But it’s fascinating in its own ways, & recaptures some of the magic of early Twitter. Here’s my take: https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/05/tech/mastodon/index.html

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