Boing.world is not a private forum to whisper secrets between users, it is a gateway to a massive public distributed network of independent interoperable forums.
In general, what you say here, you say to the world.
You are likely reading this because you joined boing.world and you auto-followed the boingbot, and he told you to read this.
Here's what to do next:
Check out the profile directory at boing.world/explore. It lists all the people on this server with a public profile. Should be a good list of people to follow.
That might be pretty empty at the moment. Boing.world is very new. It's just the admin and the robots at the time of writing.
But you can examine each user's profile, see who they are following. They will be following people from all over the global network, not just boing.world.
Find the most interesting toots from people they are following. Compliment them on their toots. Retoot to the rest of us.
Try to find someone interesting to follow from boing.world and follow them
Then find someone from another server and also follow them.
Here are the profile directories of some other servers
I picked a few to illustrate points, and a few because I know someone on one of their servers, and a few just at random from the directory. They are not recommendations, only examples.
Mastodon.social is run by the guy who writes and maintains most of the software. Everyone being registered at the same central server would kind of ruin the point, so it's encouraged for people to branch off and form their own groups on their own servers.
I was there for too long. Servers should should be tiny and federate. So I made boing.world
Comic artists sharing their work. They will almost always respond well to encouragement and appreciation.
I mean who doesn't? If you hand out likes and compliments to the random strangers they may well like and follow you.
Not just the comic-creators, of course
All kinds of artists on mastodon.art. too here, pages of 'em.
Lots of people who love linux on this instance, they talk about other things too, but as you'd expect it's very tech-focused.
An instance for photographers, who share their photographs as well as talk about stuff.
They are a safe-space for their users, and we want our users to be able to federate with them as well as every other tribe across the network, so remember to be kind.
If they threaten to block us because of you, we are almost definitely going to just delete you instead.
Likewise for even stranger groups like:
"Bob" always preached that in the end times the people would believe any old bollocks, and that by the end times there would be more bollocks produced than the human mind could comprehend.
Surely he was right about that, and this group in the fediverse prove it.
He founded the probably-spoof religion "The Church Of The Subgenius" and his followers have a group on the fediverse here. They have quality memes.
They say they are cool and chill, but I picked them randomly from an index, so, you decide.
The main point here is just to say that I don't actually really know much about any of these other servers other than that they are in this index and there are other indexes like it and also others I don't even know about.
The thing to understand is that you don't have to follow only boing.world people here, nor should you aim to. There is more to the world than boing.world.
Also that people from other servers can follow you.
We are building a new network where no corporates own the data.
Your aim is to find the other interesting people in the fediverse and bring them the attention of boing.world through retoots and conversation-starters.
You don't have to, but I think you should.
What's the point of being in a global open rebel conversation without having an "about" page and a way for people to find you?
Pick a good picture, or a symbol that represents your mood from day to day. Something distinctive is good.
Nothing crude, obviously.
When you want to be visible to the world, turn it on.
Remember your posts are mostly visible to the world even if your profile isn't.
The people most likely to look at the profile are other boing.world people and their friends, people you follow, people you talk to from boing.world and the rest of the fediverse we connect with or those searching on the hash-tags you mention.
It can be quite a good idea to post a first toot to introduce yourself to the global community. If you include the tag #introduction then people around the network are more likely to see it and welcome you.
You were probably directed here by the boing-bot, a robot that chats on boing.world written by me, the boing.world admin @pre
It exists to handle on-boarding and try and keep some sense of community between the users of boing.world distinct from the rest of the federated diaspora.
If you have anything you want to tell "all of boing.world", just mention @firstname.lastname@example.org and it'll re-toot it back too everyone who is following.
We'll add rate-limits later if it gets too noisy.
You may un-follow the boingbot if you wish. It will not contact you nor retoot you if you aren't following.
You may follow it from another server if you are registered outside boing.world, in which case it will treat you just as it does users from boing.world.
Toot out to the world. Tell us what you are thinking. Use hashtags to get noticed.
Tell us about other interesting people on the global network. Make it a mission to find the most interesting people outside boing.world and bring them to the attention of boing.world.
Check out the federated-timeline to see what all the people on the servers connected to boing.world are saying, and look at their profile pages too. Look at who is following them. Are they saying great stuff? Follow them. Retoot them.
Boing.world runs on Masodon, and there's a user-guide for the software at https://docs.joinmastodon.org/. It has some great features like a multi-column view, lists that can organise the people you follow into groups, searching hashtags and users.