A sincere tip for longtime fediverse people who would like their friends to stick around here longer than a week:

If you're on Mastodon or Hometown, you can click the "bell" icon in the profile of someone you follow. This will make it so that every time they post, it will appear in your notifications like an "@". I am enabling this temporarily for friends so that I remember to interact with them. This is important for making this place feel more lively and helps people stick around!

@darius oooh this is a good tip, especially since my feeds are a lot more active than usual and I haven’t figured out how to manage them yet

@darius I love that the bell icon was grayed out as "sensitive content."

@hammerj Ohh that's my bad, I marked it as sensitive by accident

I had an idea for Smithereen to send email notifications every day or week or whatever with the summary of what happened over that period. Opt-in of course and only sent if you don't visit for X days.

@MrsMouse this is on 3.4.6 for me. You have to be following someone for this to appear.

@darius yea, I got 3.5 and am not seeing it... time to rake a bunch I guess.

@darius oh wow I didn't even know this and I've been here for 3 years. 🤯

@darius Oh hey. This is super useful because yeah, I feel like I miss a lot of the posts my friends make even though I'm on here pretty often, unless I go to their profiles specifically but then I'm often interacting weeks after the fact xD

@darius this is great. I've used mobile notifications to great effect on twitter as well.

@darius It seems like the app UI that I'm using doesn't allow this, but I appreciate your post, hopefully I can get it to go through the browser :)

I personally do the opposite. I enable the bell for everyone I follow, and finally, if the person "spams" my timeline too much (in the sense of too many things that don't interest me), I disable the bell.

@darius I've been here since 2018, but I never noticed that before. What a very useful tip, thank you!

@darius that's right. like, subscribe, and hit that bell

@darius This sounds like a great idea. I’m putting real effort into replying rather than lurking as well. who should I be following?

@lex I hope to put out some follow recommendations later this week

@darius i've been here for five years, and only today i hear about this feature. :D


alas, works on another instance for me where I use it gladly, but not on

not sure if it's a limitation of glitch-soc, of the version of g-s being old, of some admin setting, or what

@darius I am actually just using the app for the first time. Still going around blindly.

@darius yeah I use this for friends who don't post as often.

@darius This is indeed a wonderful feature and helps me with spending less time on the web and still getting updates I find valuable/interesting. I scroll through timelines less and less and just look at the notifications by people I follow. I try to post less, but with a bit more effort, so that when people put on notifications on my profile they only see something once in a while.

I still doubt whether to use a different account for nonprofessional things like running pictures..?

Thank you! I've been hoping for such a feature for a long time and never knew that it had been there all the time.😊

@wizzwizz4 @darius

Yes :) Already mentioned a while ago and boosted this post last night! 👍

@feditips @darius

I've set the "bell" flag for a few accounts now and it's working fine when they post a new toot, but I don't get any notification when these accounts reply to another toot.
Is there any way to be informed about replies as well?

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