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Tips for Making Threads 

Do you want to post a lot about a given topic? More than your instance's character limit can offer? Or, on instances with higher character limit like ours, you might want to just keep things tidier. Instead of sending each part as its own post, you can reply to yourself, creating a thread that will be much easier for others to follow.
To indicate you are writing a thread, you can add "x/y" at the end of your message, like 1/3. If you are unsure, you can always write "x/?".
A really kind thing to do is to post only the first post of a thread as Public and the rest as Unlisted. People who wish to read more can expand your post in a new tab to look at everything. The other members of your instance, meanwhile, will be thankful to have less stuff to scroll past on the Local Timeline.

Tips for Following People 

Have you found a post you particularly enjoy and wish to follow the person that made it? That's great!
But slow down there, friend. Look at their profile first. Especially if their account is locked (I believe this shows up as a lock icon; sighted people please correct me if wrong), they likely have some requirements as to who can follow them. At the very least, these will be having a filled-out bio, which you really should get around to before following anyone. Some people (like me!) also require some form of interaction first, because being followed by silent strangers feels odd.
There is another benefit to looking at their profile first: you may find they actually mainly post about things you are not interested in. Unfortunate, but it happens. You could try following them anyway to see if they will perhaps spark your interest in the subject, or you could reply to the cool post you found to thank them for it and move on, searching for other cool people. You can still be friends with this one, even if you don't follow each other!

2/? (hey, it's a thread now! Open this in a new tab and look at the previous post to learn what that is!)

Tips for Making Threads 

@Mayana Cool, that tip on the unlisted later ones is a really good one that I hadn't thought about yet :)

Tips for Making Threads 

@sotolf I'm glad that it helped! :ms_smile:
I must admit that I forget about it sometimes. So I set my default posting privacy as Unlisted, and instead adjust it to Public only as needed.

Tips for Following People 

...and the reason for people here in fedi NOT wanting to always have silent followers and/or initial interactions is because fedi users don't tend to market, but interact in a more people way.

There is no money to be made in fedi and as a result, following people is not to get that shotgun of news for product per se...

Tips for Following People 

@Mayana Try checking out a person's pinned posts – if they have any – before following or requesting to follow. Those are often longer intros than can fit into a bio or posts that are representative of the stuff the person likes to post.

Fill out your own bio and maybe pin a few posts yourself if you want people to accept your follow requests. It gives them a sense of who you are before they decide to accept or reject your request. #FediTips #MastoTips

re: Tips for Following People 

@Mayana there indeed is a small lock icon next to their account name. :)

Tips for Making Threads 

@Mayana when you see a thread you want reply; to which toot do most people reply?

I am just curious because I do not know it.

Tips for Making Threads 

@snowchess Hmm, not sure. I reply to a specific toot if there is a point in it I wish to respond to. If I am talking about the whole thread, I reply to the first post.

Tips for Making Threads 

@Mayana I almost *always* forget to post replies to my own toots or continuations of my thoughts as unlisted...

Tips for Making Threads 

@storydragon What helped me was setting Unlisted as the default posting privacy. So I have to consciously adjust it when I wish to make something Public.

Tips for Making Threads 

@Mayana
Oh, that sounds like a good idea!
I'll try that!

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