For the new folks on Mastodon, here are the various ways you can discover new people on here to talk to!

Please boost :)

@brandon I don’t understand the first sentence, is it missing some punctuation?

@kev I think it's missing something 🤔 or I just plain lost my train of thought while writing

@brandon been there, done that, got the tshirt haha.

I’ve gone back to a post on more than one occasion and had absolutely no clue what I was trying to say.

@kev @brandon I have the opposite problem. I spend waaaay too much time and thought composing anything I say on the net, especially in the #fediverse because it's *published*, but even in ephemeral conversations in chat rooms. So I pretty much always know what I meant, but I lose a lot of time to my perfectionism. I think it's an online manifestation of the social awkwardness that makes people stutter or ramble in person (I tend towards the latter).

@strypey @kev fixed now, and fleshed out the intro a little more. That one sentence about me being on fosstodon was going somewhere and I had forgotten to continue my train of thought XD

This is a great intro to the #fediverse @brandon !
Would this be suitable for the Knowledge section of @lightone ?

@strypey Since this is about Mastodon, we can add it to Mastodon page under "additional reading"

@brandon Humble suggestion: second colour for highlights in text may make the information more readable. People tend to "scan" long articles with eyes to decide whether to read it all. Some bright colour (or the colour used for titles) for terms, key words / phrases in paragraphs will make first acquaintance with the information easier.

@brandon Great article, boosted! I'll just add the #MastoTips hashtag here, so more people might find it.
But you seem to have forgotten perhaps the most important way to find interesting people, or at least the one that I always mention to newbies first. That's #Trunk, a website that sorts users into categories by their interests. Just like the profile directory, it's opt-in, you can only recommend yourself, no one else.

@Mayana I believe that's a recent development? I didn't hear about it until a few days ago and I've been off Mastodon (mostly) for about a month and a half

@Mayana I could always add that to the post though, it's not set in stone and could be changed over time

@brandon I don't think so. I don't know when it was started, but it was definitely there already when I joined Mastodon, somewhere in March.
And yes, please add it. It's great! :)

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