From a storytelling perspective, one of the best things I've seen this past year was Arcane on Netflix.

It's full of common tropes, and some character arcs are much stronger than others, but it does 3 things very well:

Every character's worldview is reasonably justifiable, at least to themselves

Every main character has at least one positive quality and one serious flaw

The way they switch POVs after the episode 3 time jump is masterful

Plus the animation is world-class good 👍🏻

I found a UX hitch on Mastodon that's worth mentioning for new users who came here from Twitter ( like me ).

My tip about how Mastodon's boost and fave functions work ( it's the previous post in this thread ) has been boosted 150+ times. That's great! But Mastodon's Notifications show every boost and fave individually, rather than grouping them like Twitter does.

So if your post goes even remotely viral, you may be scrolling for 20+ minutes to see all your notifications. 😅⏳

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Open question:

What's the best thing you read, watched, or played in the past year?

A few years ago I made this flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!

So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.

This is why it's important to boost good posts and use hashtags - the fediverse is fragmented and harder to search by nature.

[ #mastodon #meta #tootorial #howto #mastopedia #mastotip ]

Another tip for new Mastodon users ( like me ):

Unlike Twitter, which shows strangers' posts in your feed once they get popular or once your friends like them, Mastodon appears to only show you posts by people you're following and posts they've boosted ( which is Mastodon-ese for RT )

So if you appreciate someone else's post and you also want your followers to see it too, you need to click those boost arrows. Just clicking the fave star won't make it visible to your followers.

ℹ️ For new and returning folks, it can be tricky to find the connections you're looking for, but a visit to will highlight people looking to connect over various topics.

Or, hit Search / Explore, and search the #Hashtag you're looking for.

Most importantly, please note that the raw text of most Toots is NOT searchable by design. Hashtags are your friend if you want to be seen.

Any questions, #AskFedi will get you answers


Yesterday, the hashtag had just ~100 mentions. A day later, it's over 1.3K, which means there's a big influx of Twitter migration happening.

A few tips I learned:

* Hashtags like etc are a great way to find people to follow

* If you have URLs in your profile, add the http:// or they won't be clickable

* It's easier to follow and interact right in the feed than it is to open someone's profile in a new tab and try to follow them there 🤷🏻‍♂️

You know how the Eiffel Tower won the Grand Prize at the 1889 World Fair? Well, it had to share the glory with a book.

Not any book: A book ENTIRELY WOVEN IN SILK.

You heard right. And nerds, get this: All pages of this book were produced on the Jacquard loom in 1889, using thousands (200k-500k) of punch cards. Only 50-60 copies were made. >

Whenever I buy a brand new notebook, I'm afraid to start writing in it because I don't want to ruin something so fresh and pristine with my imperfect thoughts and rough drafts.

Starting a whole new profile here on Mastodon feels exactly the same way.

To the new folks like me who are posting an : you may also want to post some hashtags about your interests, because finding new people to follow here is very hashtag-driven.

Some of my interests and things I'm likely to post about include:

(Some of those hashtags may not be very active yet here, but it every community has to start somewhere.)

To the folks on the Wandering Shop local timeline who haven't been here in a while, remember that you are moving from an algorithmic engagement-driven platform with a publish or perish visibility model, to a decentralized non-algorithmic platform that will neither reward nor punish you. The users are another thing entirely, and will let you know what they think. You have joined a very large cocktail party, and will need to mingle and migrate to talk with more people. Best of luck.

my best fedi tip is to boost like you fav on other platforms

For everyone joining #mastodon today either here on or elsewhere... #croeso / #welcome 👍

If you're wondering how this all works then (a) ask 😃 or (b) read the beginning of this : (come back to it later)

Main point: whichever server you join, you can see just about all the other ones too, we're all connected!

Really glad you're here, hope you stay, don't be shy, say hi with a short note and the hashtag #introduction - enjoy!

Now go follow @feditips 😉

So far, it looks like Mastodon is a little hitchy because so many people are joining all at once that the servers are struggling to keep up

I've noticed that following people on my home server ( .online ) is fairly easy, but following people on another server ( like .social ) doesn't always seem to happen, even if the Follow button says "You are now following [person]."

As such, you may want to keep profiles tabs open for anyone you think you followed, and double-check later just to make sure.

Hi everyone! I'm a longtime Twitter user (16+ years) but with today's sale news, I thought I'd try Mastodon as an alternative.

I was part of the first wave of Web 2.0 bloggers, podcasters, and web series creators, circa 2003-2011. These days I work in PR and marketing, and I blog about film, TV, story structure, and



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