I’m new to Mastodon and am trying to figure out what’s the best way to follow my interests.
Over at Lists of hashtags into a single column, a pinned tag search for the advanced web interface was mentioned. It is not great – I prefer the wider column of the default interface – but I thought it would get the job done. Until I realized there is an undocumented limit of 4 hashtags in the query terms. I tracked that down and filed a bug at Pinned search with additional tags doesn't update properly · Issue #15194 · tootsuite/mastodon · GitHub .
So it seems that actually trying to follow tags is somewhat obscure in Mastodon (unlike, say, Friendica which lets you follow tags in essentially the same way that you’d follow users).
You might say “join an instance with similar interests” but my interests involve Linux and FLOSS, and there are literally dozens of instances with those kinds of interests and part of the point of the Fediverse, to me, is that the instance shouldn’t matter overly much.
So I feel like I’m missing something. What are the rest of you doing to follow your interests across the Fediverse?