Mike's one piece of advice for new Mastodon users - dive into that Federated column and follow ANYONE and EVERYONE who looks like they've posted anything at all interesting to you. Just hammer the button. There's no penalty for mistakes. Go wild.

Later, when your Home timeline is buzzing, go in and unfollow people you decide you're not enjoying so much now.

Then do that again a few times. Then some more. Forever.

@mike a good advice but unfortunately Mastodon (web) does not show number of new toots in the tab name.

@jeroenpraat @mike yes but it means I have to activate mastodon tab to see it. I want to see this at the title of tab. Also, this would allow me to read new toots when they arrive, not hour later when there are tons of them.

@mike instagram secret😀 that's how you get followers on instagram , but they started to ban i hope mastodon dont ban us for following 100 at a time 😂

@mike Well, this does not scale well for people who tend to read all of their time-line 😉

@publicvoit well, I do say it's advice for new users, which is where most people seem to have trouble getting a start.

If you've found your groove, ignore me! :awesome:

@mike 😎
I do think your advice may fit for the other users (not reading everything). However, I tend to think as well that you should add recommendations how to choose your instance.

@publicvoit I think it's easy to overload people with ideas, I still think that's the best single thing for new users to do.

My main intention for that post in the long term is pinning it to my profile new users to my instance, so I'm going to kind of assume they've got as far as picking one at that point.

@mike EXACTLY how I did it, do it, and will continue to do it.

There is ONE more thing to add: Check your Follow Requests every so often (espeically if you're using an interface like Brutaldon which doesn't feature them prominently.) That's how I _also_ find interesting people, who aren't quite so loquacious, but interested in something _I_ said.

@mike read people's bios and probably pinned posts before hitting the button though because some people (like myself) have locked accounts and aren't really into random follows.

@mike My problem with that is : I follow A, B, C & D indiscriminately, then decide A & D are discards. Isn’t that a bit impolite?

@mike I find the Federated time-line a mess. In my instance's federated time-line, I see bots, gigantic walls of emojis, people writing in Spanish (I have no clue about what they're talking), but not the people I understand the most, Brazilians. I guess my instance covers most of them.

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