βœ… Content warning threads have their posts hidden by default, because the author thinks some may not want to see them.

You can open all the posts in a content warning thread by clicking on the πŸ‘οΈ icon in the top right corner of the original post. Clicking it again hides them again.

You can also set content warning threads to be open by default by going to Preferences > Appearance > Always Expand Toots Marked With Content Warnings, then Save Changes

βœ… Mastodon lets you choose visibility options for each of your posts. Click on the globe to choose them when you post.

This is also how you send direct messages in Mastodon, just @ someone and then choose "Direct" visibility.

βœ… If you want people to see your posts, it is really important that you use hashtags!

For privacy reasons, on Mastodon the only way to find messages is by searching for hashtags. If a hashtag isn't included in a post, people cannot search for it.

So, don't be shy about using lots of hashtags in your messages, it's a central part of using Mastodon!

βœ… You can filter out all posts containing certain keywords or phrases:

1️⃣ Go to "Preferences"
2️⃣ Go to "Filters"
3️⃣ Go to "Add new filter" and submit the form

βœ… If you are an experienced Mastodon user with a desktop computer, you might want to check out Mastodon's Tweetdeck-style advanced web interface.

To activate it:
1️⃣ Go to Preferences
2️⃣ Go to Appearance
3️⃣ Select "Enable advanced web interface"
4️⃣ Click "Save changes"

You can deactivate it by the same method.

βœ… You can change the theme on your Mastodon account by going to "Preferences" > "Appearance" > "Site Theme" > "Save Changes"

βœ… You can protect your followers' privacy on Mastodon by adjusting your account's settings:

1️⃣ Click on "Preferences"
2️⃣ Click on "Other"
3️⃣ Activate "Hide Your Network" and then click "Save Changes"

You will still be able to see your list of followers when logged in, but they will be hidden from everyone else.

βœ… You can verify yourself as the owner of a website on Mastodon. This is handy if you want to prove your account is official.

Verified website links appear in green, to show they are owned by that account holder.

1️⃣ Go to Edit Profile
2️⃣ Scroll down and add your website in the "Profile Metadata" section
3️⃣ Copy the "Verification" code and paste it into your website's code
4️⃣ Click on "Save Changes"

βœ… You can post video and audio files of any length to Mastodon, as long as the file size is under 40mb.

Click on the πŸ“Ž button to post a file.

Video formats include MP4, MOV and WebM.

Audio formats include MP3, OGG, WAV, AAC, FLAC and others.

βœ… Do you enjoy following someone's posts but don't like their boosts?

You can hide just their boosts by going to their profile, clicking on the "..." button and selecting "Hide Boosts from...".

All their other posts will appear on your timeline as normal.

βœ… All links on Mastodon count as 23 characters, no matter how long they really are.

You don't need to use a link shortener on Mastodon, because it makes no difference to the character count.

βœ… You can type emoji directly with your keyboard by writing a colon (":") and then the first letters of the emoji's name (for example ":sm").

Emoji suggestions matching your typing will appear automatically. Pick the one you want πŸ˜„

βœ… You can find the URL of a Mastodon profile by going to its profile page and clicking on its avatar. This opens the profile's public page in a new window, which has the profile's URL address.

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βœ… If you're trying to follow an account on a different server but your own server doesn't show it in search results, try searching for its URL instead:

1️⃣ Find the URL address of the account you want to follow

2️⃣ Copy and paste the address into the search box on your server

3️⃣ When the search result appears, click on the follow button next to the account's name

This also works with account URLs from non-Mastodon fediverse services like PeerTube or PixelFed.

There are lots of different Mastodon apps for all major platforms including Android, iPhone, Windows, Mac and Linux.

The official Mastodon site has a list with links to where you can get them:

joinmastodon.org/apps

Just choose whichever one you prefer πŸ˜€

Want to change instances?

βœ… How to move your followers from one Mastodon server to another:

1️⃣ Create a NEW account on the server you want to move to. Click on the "Edit Profile" link, scroll to the bottom and click on the link under "Moving from a different account". Follow the instructions.

2️⃣ Go back to the OLD account, go to its "Edit Profile", scroll to the bottom and click on the link in the section marked "Move to a different account". Follow the instructions.

Did you know Mastodon can be used entirely through your keyboard?

βœ… Press "?" to see the complete list of keyboard shortcuts

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