my only real advice to newcomers is please don't stay on .social, federation is pointless if everyone's in the same place. find a smaller instance that feels right for you
@wabbster honestly nothing specific, i think it kinda depends on what you'e into etc! but i've seen people recommend this site as a way to find instances: https://instances.social/ , or a lot of people just start making friends on here and end up finding an instance that way
i'll boost your question though in case anyone wants to pitch their instance!
@wabbster yeah, you're essentially making a new account except you can take your follow list with you. here's a guide that probably explains it better than i can: https://blog.joinmastodon.org/2019/06/how-to-migrate-from-one-server-to-another/
@em Mastodon.social is a wonderful landing spot for new folks who don't know where else to go. I just hope they figure things out and move on from there! Even better is running their own instances!
That's the beauty and power of this system, free from singular monolithic control!
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