Mastodon is prone to bubbles.
When you look for new people to follow you check the public timelines, which by design mostly contains people already followed by people on your instance. It's hard to break out of that.
Here's what you do.
1) Go to https://mastodon.social/tags/YourTagHere but change the last bit to a hashtag of your choosing.
2) Click boost on all the cool stuff.
Also, use hashtags in your own posts and boost cool stuff with gay abandon!
This helps because everything you boost gets added to your own instance's federated timeline, and the federated timelines of everyone who follows you.
More importantly, it also adds those boosts to hashtag searches, making it easier for people to find posts about their interests using hashtag searches on their own instances.
Spreading the good stuff around the fediverse helps everything to interlink and keeps the timelines and Home feeds organically full, varied and busy.
@cassolotl Thanks so much for this!
@lib Happy to help! :)
@cassolotl Great advice! I'm new and learning the platform, and this solves my struggle of finding folks and topics to engage with/in.
@ariella Happy to have helped! :)
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