I wonder how some people here have achieved thousands of followers? Are they also a business of purchasing followers here on Mastodon as well?

@clarinette Those with thousands of followers are either gaming the system, or have been here a long time. As with any social network - and especially true of mastodon - you get back what you put in. If you invest yourself, you will be followed.

The absence of an algorithmic timeline means that intentional noise either gets blocked or scrolls by pretty quickly.

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@jonbeckett I joined Twitter in 2008 where I have been very active. I accumulated a bit more than 6000 followers because I don’t accept rubbish spamming followers. On Twitter i am often very skeptic of whoever has thousands of followers as they tend to be faked or purchased followers.

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