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Diaspora* for beginners
Welcome to Diaspora*!
If you're coming from Facebook this will feel like graduating from high school and attending a university. The features here allow for deeper conversations around topics of interest in a feed that you control.
Primary Reasons to be Here:
- great uncensored ad-free information and content that you won't find anywhere else (most other platforms control the content)
- place to share your thoughts, your photos, and your creativity
- make connections to like minded people
First task is to open an account. Instead of one company owning this platform, the software was released for anyone to host it on their own servers which communicate with other servers also hosting Diaspora*. That means that when you join you must select a server (called a pod) to join. That pod will have a name too but it is simply a server hosting Diaspora*. I joined on the Pluspora pod but you can look up available pods and choose whatever you like. You can choose a username and title and all you need is an email to join. Keep in mind that you cannot change your username once you choose it. When posting public on Diaspora* your content may be seen all over the world. This may influence whether or not you want to use your real name or a fake name. The description on your profile can be as detailed as you want just like your avatar. You will be prompted to choose 5 hashtags based on your interests. Choose them carefully as people may connect with you based on those topics.
It is unlikely that you will know anyone here like on FB or Instagram which means your social connections will develop over common topics of interest and conversations. Your second task is to search for hashtags. For example, type “medicine” in the search box and you will be given people who have that hashtag in their profile description and posts with that hashtag. You will also see an option to follow that hashtag. You have a section that lists your followed hashtags. Click on that list and you can add more hashtags that you want in your feed. You can click on individual hashtags for specific activity or when you click on Stream you will get a feed that includes all of your followed hashtags. I suggest following #tips.
Aspects are the greatest feature of Diaspora*. Aspects allow you to organize the people you see in your feed and the people who see your posts. For example, I may have an Aspect that I label “general” that I add people to while I’m getting to know them. As I get to know them and how they post I might add those I like to another Aspect called “favorites.” Your third task is to label some Aspects based on topics, levels of friendship or trust, or whatever makes sense to you. Here is a post on how I have my Aspects set up. Once you have a few Aspects set up you can click on them to get a stream based on specific Aspects. When you post you have the option to post Public or to select specific Aspects.
With the first three tasks complete you will be able to explore Diaspora* and have a very enjoyable experience. Add people to your Aspects as you explore. When you add someone (or they add you) the profiles automatically add the other person back. Be sure to go to your profile settings to choose which Aspect you want new people to be added to when they add you.
Diaspora* is public and uncensored. It is the Wild West of social media. This means you will come across content that is disturbing or even pornographic. It is the beauty and the curse of an uncensored platform. Fortunately, Aspects allows you to easily manage what you see in your stream. Mature content is usually posted with a NSFW hashtag so that you actually have to click on it to see it.
Secondary Reasons to be Here:
- grow a following
- support the mission of Diaspora*
Whatever your reasons for being here, and however deep you choose to get involved, I'm glad you're here. Enjoy the adventure.
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