If you have just installed Mastodon and don't know where to start to find people to follow a good idea is to try and check other users follows and one by one try to see if you find someone to follow.

Alternatively you can go to and do the same on the categories that interest you.

If you are lazy and don't want to look up one by one, I created a little script to generate a csv from Trunk categories: that you can then import in Mastodon.

After you generate the csv go to 'Account->Import and export->Import' and upload the csv. That will follow everyone from the Trunk categories you chosen.

The script source is here:

Hope it helps getting you started and thanks to @kensanata @Mayana @amolith @carbontwelve and everyone that makes Trunk possible.

@hugo And thank you very much for developing this tool. Trunk only exists because a wonderful community has been following, applying, sharing, and making life easier for newbies to come. So thank you for being part of that community! :ms_smile:

looks like a pretty nice tool, thanks. :)

#literature and #poetry are missing imho ;-)

@goofy We do have the categories "Books" and "Writing". Are those suitable?

Adding hashtags to one's profile, making an #introduction post and searching / pinning hashtags are low-effort methods, using the Fediverse's own tools, which can also help the newcomer.

@wordsmith You are correct and that will work pretty well if you are joining an instance where federated content is already present.

The reason I have made that tool is that I have seen time and again people installing Mastodon without any previous experience of the Fediverse and no list of follows to bring with them to the new installation.

@wordsmith Then they look at an empty instance where nothing happens and don't know where to start. Search will return no results and they are just left with an empty instance where nothing happens.

They invite a couple of friends, they speak between themselves a couple of times and never come back. After a while they end up deleting the installation and giving up on Mastodon without ever seeing how the network works.

@wordsmith Just decided to give this a shot because suggesting manually searching outside their installation for accounts to follow has rarely been something new users are willing to do.

Thanks for this.
Way back in Nov 2019 when Mastodon saw a lot of Indian twiterati come on board @jamewils put out some guides, think they could be useful still:

@KayKap That is a pretty solid thread. Thanks for sharing and thanks @jamewils for making it.

@hugo Yes, it is! Was helpful for a lot of us. @jamewils did good!

May I suggest that you add his link into your tips... that would make both a true powerhouse, if you don't mind, that is!

@KayKap I don't have a list of tips but I have saved the link to share with people if ever I find a use for it. Thank you so much.



You can also find accounts to follow sorted by category at:

Follow @FediFollows to see the latest additions to the list.

@feditips @FediFollows Oh! I didn't know that. Thanks for sharing and for all your work :) Later I will include it on my list of suggestions.

@feditips OK, I have included @FediFollows on both my 'Finding people to follow on Mastodon' post and on my 'First steps after installing a Mastodon server' guide:

I completely forgot to include FediFollow when I wrote those. Sorry and again thanks for reminding me.

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