Haven’t posted this in a long time. How do you start using Mastodon? Is there a good link to send your mastocurious friends? This is mine: https://alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2017-11-16_How_to_Mastodon
I was reminded of this as people follow me without a picture, without a bio in their profile, and worse: without a single post on their timeline. How will I know whether I should follow them back? I’d love to follow you back. But I’d also love to block bots, spammers, spies and trackers.
@Wolf480pl @kensanata Back on birdsite I found lists really helpful. I'd rather my limits be set by my interests than my brain's capacity to deal with everything at once. Otherwise risks default filter bubble & not personally see that helpful towards my goal for personal growth
Using pvt lists, if you're in the mood for a certain topic you can filter out all the other 'noise' as the mood dictates
I add things like: politics, events, music, art, inspiration, funny, science, tech, languages etc
I don't know if I'm getting any better at it. It's /hard/.
Weird thing is how avatars help so much. I find it /much/ more difficult to get a sense of someone on, say, Reddit or HN, than on G+, Mastodon, or Ello, with avatars making a big difference. I would have laughed at this notion 20 years ago, maybe even 5. Not any more.
@wrenpile @dredmorbius haha. The way I think about is that I have a process of growing and shrinking my pool of people I am following and one element of this is to also check the timeline of people following me. And then I’m quick to follow and quick to unfollow, I think. Avatars are important as signifiers of identity, like a voice in meatspace. Personhood, message coherence, something something I haven’t thought through. 🤔