Welcome to the Fediverse!
Why do we call it by that name? A brief explanation can be found here
. My favorite platform of the ones listed there is Diaspora, because of it’s short learning curve and simple, intuitive interface. In my opinion it’s the most ideal replacement for Farcebook with similar features, except for groups, but I’ll show you how I have created groups of my own right here on Diaspora.
Diaspora Takes Time to Become What You want it to Be.
That’s because you “build your own” experience here. Unlike Farcebook, #Diaspora
will not suggest “people you may know” or “stuff you might like.” You tell it what you want to see and who you want to share with. If you are new around here, and especially if you don’t know anyone on Diaspora or elsewhere in the #Fediverse
, you can follow #hashtags
about subjects that interest you, and looking there, you’ll probably find some people you want to share with. You may also find people you’d rather ignore. Both adding new people and ignoring trolls are easy to do with just a couple of clicks.
Let your friends and potential friends know you’re here. Fill out a little bio and include an image.
It doesn’t have to be your photograph of yourself, it can be anything you want. You can even make up a cool name to go by, like Joe McCool or something. There’s no need to use your real name here. In your #newhere
post, share what hashtags you’re following, and be sure to include a few in your own description. Make sure your Intro is public!
Your friends, old and new, will help you.
For example, I might private message one of my friends to tip him or her off about a spammer, a bot, or a troll and advise my friend to use the Ignore feature to prevent them from commenting on your posts. Or I might suggest an awesome person to share with whose posts I think my friend will enjoy. Most importantly, since it takes time, give it time! You’re building it custom made, just for you.
Create your own Groups on Diaspora!
Some people do it simply by using hashtags. I do it using Aspects
. From your personal page (reach it by clicking on your own picture if you’re viewing your Stream), look at your Aspects. You have a few to start with by default: Family, Friends, Work, and Acquaintances. But underneath that list you’ll find “Add an Aspect.” Give it whatever name you want. Dance Partners, Church friends, Trek Fans, Starwars fans, Alien Life Forms, whatever you like, as many as you like! You can put people you’re sharing with into one or more of those categories, then read and post to just that particular Aspect. That’s how I made my own groups. It works for me because I took the time to make it work.
Most of all, have fun! Make it your own, and celebrate your liberation from “Big Media!”