To unfollow or continue to follow; that is the question...
@puniko Just some people I'm following. They stop interacting with me and we don't seem to get along nowadays.

I've even considered, on multiple occasions, leaving fediverse. Admittedly, the only reason I'm here is because I fear being alone, and this is the only place I can communicate with people.

I don't know whether it's worse to be blocked by everyone or just leave.
@puniko I've even tried to be hated on here, recently. I've literally been posting stuff to make people hate me, because at least they'd feel something towards me. I doesn't seem to have worked.

I'd rather be hated and have a reputation for that than not exist. :hug2: but you do exist, how else would i be talking to you now?

@puniko It's more like people only talk when they feel like it. I see a lot of interactions between people on here for even unimportant things or shitposts, but I get barely any interactions whether serious or not.

I just don't understand it. What makes me so much of an obstacle for people to avoid?

@inference @puniko There is a good chance that a lot of people just missed your post, they don't have to be trying to avoid you or anything. This happens with me a lot, I can't keep up with my timeline so I miss a lot of posts. The list feature in mastodon helps with this a lot, I use it to organize accounts into different categories of interest like FOSS, Privacy, Science, Art, Photography, etc. But in the end I only have so much time, so I still miss out on a lot of posts.......

@inference @puniko
Remember that mastodon doesn't have any algorithms, all the posts in your timeline appear in chronological order. You can try boosting your own posts at a different time to reach people on different time-zones, a lot of people on fedi do this.

BTW not getting any interaction for a post doesn't always mean people are avoiding you, sometimes they just don't have any anything to say about the post, lol :blobcatshrug:

Indeed! You can also ask a question in your post, since sometimes that can act as a prompt to help people respond. 🤍


@thebiologist1117 I also sometimes just mention people if I think they'll be interested in the post, but I only do that with people I'm already friends with :) For a while now, I've been thinking about what the best way to make friends on the fediverse is... It has something to do with the number of positive interactions you have with someone, and if you have enough of them, they become your friend... so... what's the easiest way to do that? I think it's by "liking" other people's posts regularly or somewhat regularly, since that helps other people become aware of you and what times you're online. I would say the steps are to follow someone, then be online and like their posts after you read them, share them if you think other people might be interested in whatever it is.

@thebiologist1117 Both of these things are important, but I'd say its also an important step to engage with them by replying and having conversations if possible. Those are the things that really get you closer to the other person. to me, I think positivity is part of it. Another part is being able to relate and/or goof off. For me, I enjoy having convos bit I also tend to have a bit of banter too. Then again I don't have a lot of followers. I do prefer quality over quantity.

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