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If you want people to find your public posts on Mastodon or the rest of the Fediverse, there's something important you need to know:

📣 USE HASHTAGS!

For privacy reasons, the only way to search for posts on here is by hashtag. If you don't include tags, no one will see your post in searches.

Hashtags have to be spelt exactly, so #MastoTip and #MastoTips would bring up two separate sets of results. Include multiple tags if you're not sure.

More MastoTips:
https://mastodon.at/@switchingsocial/tagged/mastotips

#Mastodon
 
If you're on Mastodon and know the web address of someone on the Fediverse, you can use this to follow them.

1. Copy their profile's web address into the Mastodon search box (see screenshots).

2. Click search, this should bring up a link to the profile and a follow button next to it.

3. Click follow!

This works with many kinds of Fediverse addresses including PixelFed, PeerTube and others. Try it!

You can also use this technique with web addresses of individual posts.

#MastoTips #Fediverse
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Want to use a link shortener on #Mastodon?

Don't! :blobsurprised: All links in Mastodon posts count for 23 characters, no matter how long they really are.

(via @jond )

#MastoTips
 
If you're ever in a situation where your toots aren't federating or re federating slowly from one instance and you want to boost them from a different one, you can

- right-click copy-paste the how-long-ago-tooted bit in the upper-right; this will give you a URL for that toot

- search for that URL on the instance you want to boost from

It should come up and you can boost away! #MastoTips #MastoHelp
 
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