If you created your account a long time ago, you may be seeing Mastodon's advanced web interface (multiple columns). That interface has not been the default for years now. You can control which one you see from Preferences.

@Gargron Isn't that the only way to 'follow' hashtags though? Or am I missing something?

@mykd @Gargron you can also follow a hashtag using it's RSS feed in an RSS reader, but that's obviously quite functionally different.

@rysiek @Gargron Hmm, so Feedly might be a good Fediverse client 🤔

@rysiek @Gargron @mykd can you clarify how to do that please? I can only see Twitter, Reddit and Newsletters up the top.

@moonlightsiesta @Gargron @mykd find a hashtag you want to follow via RSS, say #solarpunk, click on it to reach the page for it on your instance. For me it's:

Now add .rss at the end:

Boom, RSS feed for #solarpunk as seen from mastodon.technology!

@rysiek @Gargron @mykd omg I just did it. That’s so simple but such a brilliant idea, ty. I’ve been wondering what rss was for for years. I did it with particular people I follow under a specific topic. That way I can have my Covid Careful ppl together ❤️ . It’s a shame we can’t follow people on twitter that way - you could have their posts show up on a feed and not have to sort through the mess. @trendless lookie!


@moonlightsiesta @rysiek @Gargron @mykd


I loooove RSS and was so sad when Twitter got rid of it! Chronological FTW!

@moonlightsiesta @rysiek @Gargron @mykd

Will go nicely along side the rest of my feeds in Nextcloud News 😏

@moonlightsiesta I use Nextcloud instead of Google Drive/docs/sheets/keep etc. It also has "apps" for rss reading, bookmarks, passwords, instant messaging, video chat, project management, invoicing, and on and on. It can be installed anywhere; mine's on a mini computer in my house. Amazing software, albeit not without bugs. @nextcloud

@trendless @moonlightsiesta @rysiek @Gargron @mykd I'm gonna assume that was a move to up site traffic to appeal to advertisers.

@DamnCatOnMyDesk @trendless @moonlightsiesta @Gargron @mykd oh totally. And to clamp down on these pesky free-loaders that were reading :birdsite: but not contributing by letting their data get slurped by the overlord.

@DamnCatOnMyDesk @moonlightsiesta @rysiek @Gargron @mykd Ha. Disregard my other reply. Confused threads.

That would certainly make sense to me. They killed so much external access to their data, really reduced the usefulness of the site. I basically gave up using it then, until pandemic times dragged me back.

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