Okay, it's time to tell new users a secret about Mastodon.

Mastodon is (whispers) part of a much bigger network 😮

Mastodon servers use an open standard called ActivityPub to talk to each other. That's how you interact with people on other Mastodon servers.

But, dozens of other federated networks also use ActivityPub, so (this is the good bit!) you can follow people on these other networks from your Mastodon account!

For example:

PixelFed (pixelfed.org) is a photo sharing network, here's a random example account @Iancylkowski

PeerTube (joinpeertube.org) is a video sharing network, with a p2p system that allows videos to go viral even on small servers, here's a random account @craftykat

BookWyrm (joinbookwyrm.com) is a social reading site, an open alternative to Amazon's Goodreads, here's a random account @mouse

Together, Mastodon and these other services form... The Fediverse :fediverse:

(whispers) Click on the link...

framatube.org/w/4294a720-f263-

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@feditips Is it possible to do a fedi-wide search of hashtags? Because I feel kinda lonely without my fellow geeks.

@AimeeMaroux

Yes. The search box is fediwide, it will search all posts visible from your server.

However, I can see you're on a small, new server, so not much of the Fediverse is visible to you yet.

As you and the other people on your server follow accounts from other servers, more of the Fediverse will become visible to your server.

(The reason it works like this is because the alternative, trying to keep track of all posts from all members of all servers, would make independent servers prohibitively expensive.)

You can speed this process up by following more people.

However, in the meantime there are tricks you can do to search for tags on bigger servers.

Mastodon.social is one of the biggest, and a search there for #GreekMythology would be this:

mastodon.social/tags/greekmyth

To do a different search change the last part of the address.

By the way, I'd recommend following @athenaproductions

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