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Another thing that new users may not realize is that your Mastodon account isn't limited to following other Mastodon accounts. Mastodon uses a common open source protocol called ActivityPub, and can interact with other services that use that same protocol. Pleroma, for example, or PeerTube, or PixelFed. It's like being able to subscribe to Instagram or YouTube from your Twitter account.

Another tip: Every Mastodon account has RSS built in. Just add .rss to the end of the URL for your account, e.g. merveilles.town/@lrhodes.rss

That lets people follow your public posts from an RSS reader, but it's also useful if you wanted to use IFTTT to crosspost your public posts to another platform.

If you want to separate your notifications a bit more, click the little sliders icon in the notifications tab and flip the "Display all categories" toggle. That will let you look at just follows, or just polls, or just favs, or whatever. Turn it off to limit the categories to All/Mentions.

@lrhodes that's awesome! I might try and do some rss magic on my site even :)

@yetzt @lrhodes https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon , but ActivityPub is already a JSON based API, so maybe check if that will work for you first?

curl -H 'Accept: application/activity+json' 'https ://mastodon.xyz/users/yetzt' (remove the space after the scheme, couldn't figure out how to make Mastodon not turn it into link …)

@bkhl @lrhodes nice, i didn't know that, i'll check it out. thanks!

@yetzt Same approach. Just add .json to the end of your profile url.

@lrhodes Combined with the fact that sites like, e.g., nitter.net allow you to use RSS to follow public Twitter feeds (even if you don't have a Twitter account), this means that suddenly RSS feed readers will be a lot more relevant to a lot more people!

@baslow @lrhodes it could be nice for social net 'detox' as well; way back I moved reddit subforums to my rss reader so its pretty inconvenient for me to interact w them, and w a bit of time, I lost any interests in doing so as well. Yet I still get top posts in areas I most care about that way.

@lrhodes hi I have no idea about this platform and how it works and try to learn. what is RSS?

@rainbowvomit RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It's an old internet standard — much older than Mastodon or Twitter — that's used to alert subscribers to updates on a site. Basically, it's an open source way to subscribe to a blog or a news site, and it's the backbone for most social media services.

@lrhodes idk how I feel about this because it can enable stalkers. I deff see the utility in it. It would be nice if you could turn it off.

@transbunny I need to test this, but I'm pretty sure only public posts show up in the rss feed for an account. Functionally, it's the same as someone following your account from another Mastodon account.

@lrhodes it would still give stalkers a convenient interface and notifications, which they would need to manually check your page. It's kind of missing the point here. I would love to see a button to opt in, opt out, it would even be nice to have all your posts hidden unless the person looking at the page is logged in to some sort of account effectively enforcing blocks.

@transbunny Locking your account deactivates RSS. If you don't want to go that far, setting your default post visibility to followers-only will probably keep posts off of the RSS feed. Unlisted might also work.

You could probably still make an argument for a separate setting for deactivating RSS apart from those settings, but if you want more security right now (rather than after some future update) those will shut down RSS.

@transbunny Just to follow up on what I said before, unlisted posts DO show up in your RSS feed. Followers-only posts do NOT, and locking your account turns off RSS altogether.

@lrhodes okay thats good to know. Not an ideal situation, but if I ever have a stalker I will know what to do. Thanks for the info :)

@lrhodes you can also get a JSON feed - replace the .rss with .json...

@lrhodes haha it’s weird looking at your own posts on rss

@lrhodes It also allows Masto to act as a defacto podcast server

@lrhodes NICE! the cross posting (to say the bird app) works nicely with some bridge apps & browser extensions that are available. but the RSS is definitely cool!

@lrhodes For most feed readers, you should simply be able to paste in the page link, since it sets a meta tag that tells the reader where to find the feed.

@lrhodes Wow. Mind blown. Mastodon does RSS? Unbelievable and amazing. Thanks for the tip!

@lrhodes Oh my god how is it that I didn't know that?!?

Thank you so much!

@lrhodes - well that’s amusing. works like a champ with Feedly.

I don’t think it’ll be part of my “online strategy” though. I can’t imagine any of my fans/followers wanting to read all my “is this thing on?” or “how tf does this bit work?” posts.

I may revisit this if I start messing around with IFTTT though. I don’t like re-typing the same thing(s) over and over.

Lazy, doncha know? :-)

@lrhodes you can also do this with a single toot/post when you convert it with online services that converts the URL to RSS feeds: https://fosstodon.org/@5uie1/108233393469471140

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