if you're new and worried about your follower numbers, don't! mastodon is more about the community and having fun with your friends. you can drop the toxic thought process where you viewed yourself as a brand on Twitter.

Use your local and federated timelines! Talk to people if something catches your eye! Don't gamify the experience here, be considerate. Think about being part of the local & federated community instead of figuring out how to go viral. Mastodon is super fun without those habits.

@maolfunction Thank you for this, it's a genuinely comforting message!

@plentyblush no problem. I think a lot of people get stuck on the twitter comparison, when it's really not at all. mastodon is much more like an old school forum that can connect to other forums of like minded people.

theres an intimidation factor when you think it's like twitter and you're not sure if you can jump into a conversation with people you don't know, while here, it's encouraged to interact with the people on all your timelines.

@maolfunction Thank you so much for this toot! I've been so used to my old mindset on Twitter that it almost transfer to here.

It's been hard to get used to the first few day, but now it's really easy to make new friends on here!

@maolfunction yes thank you - I’ll need to keep this reminder on hand until I can reshape my thought process a little.

Also, this is the first time I’ve heard birdsite’s whole paradigm summed up as “toxic” so succinctly

@miksimum @maolfunction

to really de-gamify/detoxify mastodon, you can turn off notifications of boots and faves!

click the settings hamburger menu of the notifications column

@maolfunction My follower count is relevant to me, as I don't normally post about things that would get picked up on my local timelines so I need followers who will
a) get my toots to their instance
b) read my toots

@maolfunction Also if you're here for specific things, just search for a #hashtag and pin that column.

@maolfunction Generally people don't like it when you try changing their habits as if you know better. Even if you do think you know better.
I can understand people who are worried about their follower count. Those people think they are capable of saying and discussing something important and they want an audience as large as possible. They want *their* community as large as possible. Which is what social media is all about - building your own community.
Calling this thought process "toxic" is extremely patronizing.

So my version is: "If you're new and worried about your follower numbers, don't! That's what fresh start feels like. They certainly will bounce back. Instead, bring your friends over here. It will be fun."

@maolfunction Honestly I feel like you guys are my friends more than some people I've Fiddlebuuk "friended".

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