How to get people to join Mastodon
A guide by... er, me
- Show them a screenshot of your favourite open instance.
- Tell them it works well in browser on mobile.
- Tell them the admins are good people who ban nazis.
- Invite them to join your favourite open instance.
- DO NOT use the words federated, instance, or free and open source.
After they've joined, send them here:
@henriqueo Because no one cares about that stuff and they're not a deciding factor in whether or not they will stay and stuff.
@cassolotl I just joined Mastodon. What is the policy for banning? I want to migrate from Twitter because they ban/suspend progressives. I'd rather have no banning whatsoever based on politics.
@connolly I'd say ask around for instances that have a no-bans policy! Join mastodon.social, and post a public post saying "Can anyone point me at a good instance that has a no-banning policy?" and include the needhelp hashtag.
@connolly Fortunately, step one is complete. ;) But yeah, if you post something like that, I'll boost it to try to reach more people.
@connolly It's a weird one, I'd agree! The best analogy I've seen is email - people on Gmail can email people on Hotmail, sort of thing.
@cassolotl amendment for extremely nerdy hacker friends:
- DEFINITELY use the words federated, instance, or free and open source
@noiob Oh yes, definitely. :D But I don't think those people will need as much help getting into Mastodon in general!
@cassolotl Yes! I love how granular the controls are. It's way nicer than a simple "cross post? y/n"
@cassolotl Ages ago, when I was new to Mastodon, I thought about trying to make my toots automatically post to Twitter, so I could still be "on twitter" without needing to visit it frequently.
Now I think I don't want to do that at all. Having my tweets cross-post here will be nice, but I actually don't want my semi-private Masto life to cross post onto Twitter. I like that this tool gives me that flexibility.
@cassolotl I tried most of those, but without success. And I have to use the words federated/decentralized and instance/server, or else they think they have to join mastodon.social and not my instance (or any other). I even have had a question if they need to join all the instances they like. Comparing it with email helps a bit.
@cassolotl If only bridge.joinmastodon.org worked for instances whose federation domain is different from their hostname :(
@cassolotl Actually I guess it does work if I use the hostname instead of the federation domain but that's wrong.
the mastodon instance at cybre.space is retiring
see the end-of-life plan for details: https://cybre.space/~chr/cybre-space-eol