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 @Iancylkowski @craftykat @mouse

Until this moment, I had no idea that GoodReads was Amazon. But I've tried Bookwyrm and found it's just too slow (and has to rely on GoodReads imports to find book data anyway).

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@punkscience @Iancylkowski @craftykat @mouse

I think the book data on BookWyrm is from free open sources like Wikidata.

The import from Goodreads is for people moving their collections from Goodreads to BookWyrm.

About the speed, you might want to try a different server? There are lots of different ones all independently owned, some of them might be faster than others.

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