I've started having a better time on Mastodon/Fediverse by treating this like early Twitter: I try to follow back everyone in order to fill my timeline with stuff. I aggressively follow anyone when I see a boost of something they wrote that I like. I am going to start doing the ol' Follow Friday thing to help other people find people. I follow a lot of people I know *NOTHING* about but it's finally lively enough to keep me engaged.
@darius That's how I got started back in November of 2016. I don't add as many people now, but when someone is engaging with my stuff and they're interesting, I'll follow back.
Masto can be a _lot_ of fun.
I accidentally started doing this; on oulipo.social I read everything (and most of my local timeline), whereas on octodon I just skim. In general, I find that I don't *want* a full timeline; I like being able to visit mastodon and then *finish* visiting mastodon for the time being, instead of it being a limitless activity.
tl;dr: I'm actively trying to avoid this becoming early Twitter because I now see that Twitter was never very good for me.
@phooky @darius @uglymachine I'm with phooky! I find it soothing that my local community on Mastodon is so small. On birdworld, which is public, I'm Watching My Words; on Mastodon, I'm just goofing around. Things might switch from this to that, but for now, I'm happy with that distinction.
It's cool how you build a path for birdfolk who want to switch platforms, Darius! <3
(I'm wrong! It's working again.)
Anyway, follow that bot & it'll include you in the pool of possible weekly recommendations. Mention it & it'll recommend you somebody from the pool you don't already follow, at random.
@darius I don't do this quite as much as I used to, but when I started out I would follow people across many domains since my instance is a small one with not many connections.
It actually works out really well, and you can meet people from all sorts of communities at once.