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An easy primer

(i.e. it's not that difficult)

(last updated: Mar 13, 2023)

Mastodon isn't a single entity. It's a set of 'rules' for social media.

Servers are your home in the Fediverse. is one place to start looking for servers.

You can access any server using a website address of the format, e.g., in a web browser.

As an example of how accounts work, mine is @reallyflygreg on my home server So my full address is, and that works as my ID for the entire Fediverse.

Posts on Mastodon are called ‘toots’.

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Toots can be assigned different privacy levels. These are shown with different icons.

  • Public: Anyone can see it
  • Unlisted: Anyone can see it, but Mastodon discovery features are turned off.
  • Followers only: Only visible to your followers
  • Mentioned people only: i.e. a direct toot to a specified user(s). Is not a secured messaging feature though.

When looking at other user’s toots, you can:

Boosting is the only way to promote a toot in the ‘Fediverse’.

Mastodon doesn’t search through and index every word in toots.

In order to search, there is a Search box. The location is variable.

The feeds are:

**One important note here** If you see posts in the feeds scrolling by too quickly.

In order to use Mastodon:

Best practices:

That’s as simple and accurate as I can be. However, I'm not an expert, feel free to correct me. Let me know about any egregious spelling and grammatical errors too.