hi everyone, if you are new to mastodon, please go to your settings, then the "other" category, then turn off search engine indexing. it's a safety feature that makes it a little bit harder for strangers to find your posts.
@rigatonimonster jeez why didnt anyone tell me this, yuck
@SuperGideon it REALLY should be opted out automatically
@rigatonimonster fwiw I just did it on safari mobile!
@rigatonimonster yeah most masto apps don't have that option in settings, which is why it's really important for instances to opt out by default
this is also important for people who aren't themselves privacy conscious, as it's possible to find the posts of someone who's opted out through someone who hasn't
Also consider whether this is something you actually want.
Being seen by less people is obviously safer, but it may come with downsides too if you actually want to share your content with an audience because you are a blogger, and artist, etc.
I don't know any of you, so strangers reading my posts is the whole reason I am here.
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