First things first, find some people to follow. The best way to do this is to search the #dilyn hashtag. This will give you lists of people you might want to check out and follow.
Tŵt has three timelines you can view: Home/Hafan, Local/Lleol and Federated/Ffederasiwn.
The Home feed is the list of people you follow. When you join, you are automatically linked to a few people on Tŵt and the more people you add, the more will appear in your Home feed. If you want total control over what you see, stay in the Home feed, this is your feed and you decide what shows up here.
The Local timeline is every post with a public status posted on Tŵt whether you follow them or not. This is the entire Tŵt feed.
Tŵt is part of the Mastodon network, and as such you can follow or be followed by users from other networks (if you choose to allow it). The Federated timeline is every post with a public status posted by any user that Tŵt knows about, which is everyone on Tŵt plus people from other networks. Tŵt knows about a remote user if at least one person on Tŵt has ever followed them. This is the most general of all the feeds.
Under each toot you’ll see three icons: a camera, a globe or a padlock, and the letters “CW”. Click on the globe or padlock to choose the privacy settings for your toot.
- Public means that everyone can see your toot.
- Unlisted means that everyone can see your toot, but it won’t appear on the public timelines (Local and Federated). Anyone who follows you or views your profile can see the toot, though.
- Followers-Only means that only people who follow you and people mentioned in the toot can see your toot in their timelines or on your profile page. If someone who doesn’t follow you views your profile, they won’t see this toot.
- Private means that only people who are mentioned in your toot can see it in their timelines or on your profile page.
Keep in mind that some servers which run software that’s compatible with but not the same as Mastodon may choose to ignore these privacy settings if you send a message to their users, so if privacy is your main concern do not allow remote network users to follow you and do not send message to remote networks.
Be aware: Tŵt is not a secure messenger. Tŵt administrators can read any toot on the server, as well as any toot sent to Tŵt . Admins don’t want to read your private toots, but they have to be able to because otherwise private toots allow some users to harass others or to conduct illegal dealings without the admin’s knowledge, and under many laws the admin will be responsible for enabling the harassment or illegal behavior even if they didn’t know it was happening.
That said, administrators will only look over the toots you’ve marked Private if they have reason to believe harassment or illegal activity is occurring.
Spoilers and Content Warnings
CW stands for Content Warning. It hides your toot behind text (which you get to choose); it’s like a Read More link or a spoiler tag.
You might use CWs for:
- Common phobias, like spiders or blood
- Health discussions
- Punchlines to jokes
- Rugby scores
- Other sports’ scores (we’re told these exist)
- Long posts that might otherwise fill up people’s timelines
Note: Tŵt does not track hashtags that are in the text of a CW. Mastodon does track hashtags that are below a CW. Always put your hashtags in the body of your toot, never in the content warning.