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I wrote a follow up to my post, following lots of feedback. Thanks everyone!

This one goes in to the basics of the Mastodon UI and how to get started.

kevq.uk/getting-started-with-m

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Great to see so many new people trying #Mastodon :blobcheer:

Most common barrier for them seems to be the interface, but this could perhaps be made much easer with a single tweak of the Mastodon UI: allow a double-width home column, either optionally or as default.

Twitter has several columns like Mastodon, but the main feed is wider so it's always clear which column is which. There's a sense of focus that Masto lacks.

Has this been proposed? If not, can someone propose it?

@Gargron

I'm using my laptop that much now that I have decided to get a docking station for my study, but that would then render my desktop pretty useless.

So, the question is, do I sell the desktop or do something interesting with it? If the latter, what?

When you’re watching a series on Netflix (or similar) and it comes to the Christmas special...but it’s summer, it just feels so wrong!

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Looks like a lot of people want to #DeleteTwitter and try out #Mastodon! 👍 👏 🎉

If you know someone who wants to make the switch, here are some resources to help them:

Official Site
joinmastodon.org/

How does Mastodon work?
kevq.uk/how-does-mastodon-work

Mastodon info incl. mobile apps
switching.social/ethical-alter

Twitter-style interface for Mastodon
social.dev-wiki.de/login/

Mastodon Crossposting service
crossposter.masto.donte.com.br
(M -> T currently blocked by Twitter, but T -> M works)

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After sleeping on it, I think #Mastodon should rename ‘instances’ to ‘Communities.’

Instances feels too technical and I see even savvy people struggling to understand it.

I argue communities would make much more sense. It denotes much of the purpose behind _why_ this service has different instances, and many people will already be familiar with the concept from Reddit (the, what, sixth most popular site on the net?).

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I saw a toot earlier about not flooding the introductions hashtag if you're an old user, so that new users don't get lost in the noise.

Suggestion: leave the #introductions hashtag for new users, and use #reintroductions for us long-term users making posts for newbies deciding who to follow.

Day off today (for a stag weekend). Nice relaxing morning brew.

Some brilliant recommendations so far for , I particularly like that we've had some recommendations outside of tech, such as a DIY recommendation that's now in my rss reader!

Keep em coming, guys!

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The thing to remember is that at some point in recent past nobody knew what e-mail was and people had to learn about. And before that personal computers were new and folks had to learn how to use them.

Not everything can be reduced to what you already know! Mastodon requires a tiny bit of extra knowledge because it differs from other social media platforms.

Some of my recommendations:

OMG! Ubuntu! - Linux/Ubuntu Blog - omgubuntu.co.uk

Elementary OS blog - Really cool Linux distro - medium.com/elementaryos

The Penguin - A blog about Linux, Digital Audio, Photography and more - thepenguin.eu

It's FOSS - Linux/Open Source blog - itsfoss.com

People of the , lend me your ears!

I come before you to propose a new hashtag - were people can recommend their favourite blogs.

Not gonna lie, this is purely for selfish reasons so I can improve my RSS feed. 😃

I think should be a link with a VERY short summary. For example:

omgubuntu.co.uk - Ubuntu, Linux blog.

I'll follow this post with my first . Please join in if you're interested.

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I currently consider to make a Podcast about security related topics and some projects. But right now I'm not sure who I should do it with.

Someone bored/crazy enough to start such a project?

Tried to ditch my smartphone, and I've managed nothing but an epic fail. What an idiot! Here's more:

kevq.uk/ditching-my-smartphone

New experiment starting today - getting rid of my smartphone for at least a month. That will probably mean I'm on here less, but I am going to write about it.

Really not sure how this is gonna go, but I think it's gonna be A LOT harder than ditching Google.

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A couple of people from various instances have mentioned that is confusing at first. So I decided to write a comprehensive guide on how to get started with Mastodon.

Hopefully this helps new users to Mastodon. Please do Boost if you feel it could be useful to others.

kevq.uk/how-does-mastodon-work

So I get up to make a coffee, feed the animals etc. It's a gorgeous summer's morning at the back of the house, so I decided to take a snap.

It's only once I get inside to look at the picture properly do I realise that I also caught a snap of my dog taking her morning dump. Lovely picture ruined. 🤣🤣🤣