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Did you know that a long forgotten practice continues to exist here?

is where you can suggest people for others to follow, and find suggestions for who you should follow.

Check out the hashtag and post a toot yourself!

I wanna hold the hand of every skeptical artist who joined from bird site and posted "probably won't be here much" bcs they intend to go back to bird site after the rush dies down:
I get it, the devil you know and all, but give this place a chance! 🙂 Ppl are much more likely to interact with you the more you post and reply to posts! Hashtags are GOOD here! There's no Algorithm to fight! Put descriptions about your art and OCs on your images, get folks invested! You'll have a good time! 🤘😎

Some fun options here! Going to a user's profile and clicking the three dots gives you some options; if the person is boosting a lot and you're finding it distracting, you can disable boosts from just that user.

"Feature on profile' will add those accounts to a list on your profile page, if you open you'll see them on the right.

Adding to a list (it only works with people you follow) will show that person's toots in the list for toots they make *after* being added :)

Hello @2nd @yvonnefriedli @qian @loren and @mack_akdas

Welcome to Socel! :ablobcheer:

Please check out this toot about getting settled in:

For new people wondering why Mastodon is on thousands of servers instead of one:

-It helps protect us all against Elon Musk scenarios. It's very difficult for anyone to buy a network made of thousands of independently owned servers. (It's the same reason why no one owns the world's email network, because there are so many independent providers out there.)

-If your server misbehaves (or sells out to a malevolent billionaire), you can move your account to a different server, or even to a brand new server. Decentralisation means you're never trapped on a site you hate.

-Mastodon is an open platform where anyone can start their own server, and they don't need tech knowledge if they use a service like or

...and there are lots more good reasons too, to do with servers using alternative Fediverse software etc, but I'll save that for a future post 😁

#MastoTips #Mastodon #FediTips #Fediverse

In hindsight, we got the new logo done just in time :blob_laughing:

Did you know we have custom emojis? :amaze:

Each community has their own and if you see one that you like, let me know and I can add it here :blobthumbsup:

Hello @ericaschultz42 @zackaroni & @Stimmi

Welcome to Socel! :ablobcheer:

Please check out this toot about getting settled in:
April 27, 2022, 9:02

Hello @makepacer @Dublduck @thepilgrimworld @StandyTalky @JoannaART @fernandila @raulrangel & @Kinema

Welcome to Socel! :ablobcheer:

Please check out this toot about getting settled in:

Whereas Mastodon is a social media / microblogging platform, there are other federated sites that offer different uses.

#PeerTube: like YouTube, an open source replacement for video hosting
#FunkWhale: Like SoundCloud, for music
#Bookwyrm: Like Goodreads
#Pixelfed: like Instagram, offers image galleries

All of these, including Masto, can talk to each other - so you can create an account on a Bookwyrm instance to keep track of your reading, and people on Masto can follow it! 🤯

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3. Lastly, be curious about other people. Click on their profile, check out who they boost and follow. Check out who THOSE people boost and follow.

is a great hashtag to follow to see who people recommend. People can add up to five others that they recommend to follow to display permanently on their profile page.

Make a habit of regularly seeking out new people to follow.

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2. For older users, the fediverse is very much old-school regarding discovery for both content and people.

Search your interests with hashtags and for fun, you can browse tags as a cascading board by clicking on the hashtag in a toot as the attachment shows.

Also be sure to tag toots using CamelCase. This helps those reliant on screen readers a lot.

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For new members who may not yet have seen any advice on how to orient themselves here, a couple of in three toots or less!

1. Twitter things that don't exist here include algorithms that will push toots into your timeline for you to engage with. The local and federated timelines (the firehoses) show all public toots in chronological order. Toots appear in your personal timeline only from people you follow or toots they boost (but you can turn those off too).

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Socel: Social for the Animation Arts

Socel is a place for animation professionals, freelancers, independents, students, and fans to connect and grow together. Everyone in related fields such as comics, illustration, and video games is also very welcome. As an implementation of Mastodon, Socel connects you to almost two million users around the globe as part of the Federation; a network of independent social spaces communicating with each other.