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I've had numerous different accounts over the last few years, but these are the currently active ones.
Here are some links to help you pick your instance (give you an idea of what behaviour is expected, if there are any subject specialisations, etc). You will want to do more research into an instance before joining, because a lot are trash. It's now pretty easy to move your account between instances though.
|ausglam.space||Australian Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, and records people.|
|avantwhatever.org||Avantwhatever-related, so Au mostly-sound artists.|
|castling.club||Play chess over activitypub 👌|
|gamemaking.social||My game-making related one.|
|friend.camp||Seems very communal. The admin maintains their own fork called Hometown, with stuff like instance-only posts.|
|linernotes.club||Music-focused. I had an account here, but other members' tastes were pretty bland.|
|mastodonti.co||Italian. Not sure about the rules.|
|mastportal.info||Hosts Animal Crossing and Pokémon themed instances. Mostly Japanese.|
|post.lurk.org||Another communal-feeling instance. Kinda an art/tech crossover instance. They host other services too.|
|social.chinwag.org||Australian. Not sure about the rules.|
|sonomu.club||Music-making. Been round for a bit, admin. seems alright.|
At this point most clients support all the features you'd expect.
For using multiple accounts I like Subway Tooter. It's open-source, and on F-droid. I think it's mostly by Japanese developers, so you should considering submitting translations if you notice any language oddities. I've done it before via Github and it was easy if you're familiar with the web interface. It feels kinda scrappy, but has lots of neat features.
- https://emojos.in/ emojos.in - list custom emoji (graphic + shortcode) from a Masto instance.
- mstpubapi - info about instances.
- mastotool - CLI tool to get stats about your account/s
- https://migrannounce.tools.codl.fr/ - Send batch of individual DMs to all followers to tell them when you've moved.
- https://git.wadza.fr/me/comtodon - Use Mastodon for blog comments
- zigg/fediplay - Play music posted on the Fediverse.
I don't actually use these, but they're a helpful resource none-the-less.
- Block Instances on toot.cafe
- I also note down the instance I block: https://gamemaking.social/about/more
Most useful is the #fediBlock tag.
This bozo made a handy list of CSS selectors and HTML elements they effect: Using Custom CSS with Mastodon. I don't approve of them personally though.
There are a few styles shared at: psydwannabe/mastodon-snippets/tree/master/CSS
|Bottomless Pits in Games||Updates from Bottomless Pits in Games.|
|ClassicsOfGame||Updates from ClassicsOfGame.|
|Dark Souls Gear Bot||Generated souls_series item descriptions.|
|DeviantArt Stamps||Stamps from DeviantArt. Hosted on a shit instance though.|
|Geocities Jukebox||MIDI files (converted) from Geocities archive.|
|Indie Random Website||Mostly interesting websites, sometimes it seems like ads :/|
|Lost N64||Generated N64 box art.|
|Pixel Monster Bot||Sheets of 6×6 pixel creatures.|
|SimCity2000 Traffic Helicopter||AI-generated SimCity 2000 maps.|
|threethousanddreams||AI-generated images from a fantasy universe.|
|Untitled Dream Stills||Screenshots from LSD: Dream Emulator.|
|Wikipedia Haiku||'Sentences from Wikipedia pages that accidentally form Haiku.'|
So far I've just setup a bot that posts once a day if a Youtube channel is updated. Wasn't too hard!
You can check it out at https://gamemaking.social/@classicsofgame
I used Feed2toot, which uses Python, and takes care of registering itself (bots/apps need to register to get an ID and stuff). Here're the steps I took.
- Make the bot account. Do this like you'd make any other account. Make sure you edit the account's profile so it gets labelled as a bot. Typically people will also say who owns the bot, how often it posts, and where they got their script from.
- Grab Feed2toot from gitlab and set it up following the instructions in the readme.
Mine's hosted on my namecheap shared server. To set it up there you:
- Go into cpanel and register a Python app (just type 'python' in the search bar to find it). This creates a virtual environment and instructions on how to get into it, which you need to install modules with pip, as well as use a current version of Python. Make sure the app is using a current version of Python, so something like 3.6.
- SSH into your server and navigate to the directory you setup the app in.
- Copy the command from the python app page in cpanel to enter the virtual environment.
- Follow the instructions on the gitlab to set things up, starting from
pip install feed2toot(whereever it says
python3just drop the 3).
- You can also setup a cron job in cpanel. Dunno if this's right, but it works, mine uses three commands separated by
&&to switch into the virtual environment, change to the directory I want, then run the script pointing to the location of my .INI file.
※ If you want to host multiple bots with feed2toot, each bot will need its own install of it. This limitation may not exist with other Masto bot things.
- Masto blue: #282c37
- Mastodon Admin - Tips for running an instance.
- The Accessibility page is good.
- Contributors and Instance Owners of Mastodon on Liberapay.
- Mastoview - view local, public timeline of any instance.
- To The Fediverse - Instance list.
- Join the Fediverse - New wiki with good info.