Being still relatively new to Mastodon, this is something I am genuinely curious about:

Do you have Mastodon accounts on multiple instances?
:mastodon: - :mastodon: :mastodon: - > :mastodon: :mastodon:


Thank you all for participating. Almost two-thirds only have one account, a clear majority.

I have another newbie question about the difference between "favorite" and "boost".

It is my subjective impression, that people are reserved when it comes to boosting and prefer "favorite". "Favorite", though, does not increase the toot's visibility and only serves as a feedback to the "tooter". Only "boost" will make your post visible in other instances' local timelines. Do I have that right?

@gabor My understanding is that the "Favorite" button was originally intended to be a "Bookmark", but most people used it as a "Like", "+1" or "Acknowledgement" button, so now there's a new Bookmark button.

@niconiconi @gabor So... is the new "bookmark" button the boost button?

@TheFreePenguin @gabor Not sure what software version your server is running, but in the latest version, if you expand a post to the rightmost column, you'll see four buttons: reply, boost, favorite, bookmark and menu.

@niconiconi @gabor I'm on my phone, so I see reply, boost, fav, share, and menu
I only see bookmark when I zoom in on the toot.

@gabor Yes, I think that's right! The reason some people are reserved when it comes to boosting, I think, is that if a toot might be controversial or offensive, they don't want to share it with everyone. I've had this happen when I accidentally boosted a toot I didn't mean to, and people got angry. So boosting has more "power" in that way.

@gabor I'll use favorite either as a like action or as a quick way to say "thanks" to replies. Boost will only show the toot in the home timelines of your followers. I'm less likely to boost something posted on Fosstodon because that's where most of my followers are and they'll have already seen it if they watch the local timeline.

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