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Hey there! 👋

A number of people over past few months have assumed I'm a bot or some kind of automated account.

I can assure you I am not, there is a human being behind this keyboard! I write and post everything manually, there's no scheduling or scripts or stuff like that.

If you have any questions about the Fediverse, or requests or suggestions or comments or feedback just @ or DM me, I will try to help if I can.

The aim of this account is to help and encourage people use the #Fediverse, even with the most basic things. There's no such thing as a stupid question! 👍

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I never thought you were a bot! But I could see why people might assume that
@FediTips He there! =) Thanks for encouraging people to ask questions!

Just yesterday I was wondering if I can follow peertube accounts from my mastodon or friendica account? And if I can even like videos on peertube from my mastodon or friendica account?
Yes, you can do all those things :blobhappy: Easiest way to explain this is if you try it out.

For example try following @pianotv and interacting with the videos there from within Mastodon (and I think it works in Friendica too). If you want to see what the account looks like in PeerTube, click on the profile's avatar photo.

There are interesting PeerTube videos and accounts to follow at @FediVideos (which is currently focusing on Halloween, but normally posts general interest videos).
Kind of related question. Is it possible to link a pixelfed account to my mastodon account? I tried to access pixelfed via the handle but was not successful so far.
Short answer is no, because PixelFed will be on another instance.

Each Fediverse account is on one instance at a time. You can move it from one instance to another, but you cannot use the same account on many instances simultaneously.

I don't know, but maybe someone could set up a cross-posting system though?
@FediTips @FediVideos 🎃 @pianoTV Thanks!

Yeah I tried it and following peertube channels from mastodon works great. Alas, I can't seem to like some videos. When I try to like one of @pianoTV videos I am asked again to login (with user name and password) to the Tilvids instance. Which I can not since I don't have an account there. Signing up on each accout to like videos seems counter-fedi-tuitive. Is this a bug?`
You don't need to be in PeerTube to like PeerTube videos.

Just go to the post you want to like within Mastodon, then click on the like button (the star) while still within Mastodon.

(I've attached a photo to illustrate)
Screenshot of a PeerTube video post viewed from within Mastodon, with the like button highlighted
You don't need to click on the link to view the video, just press play. Replies to the post are added to the video as comments, and likes on the post are added as likes.

It's all seamless!
@FediTips @FediVideos 🎃 Okay, now I understand. That's cool! Thanks for the hint! =)
thats exactly something a bot would say.

jk, keep it up! lots of good info.
hey fedi-bot! 😉

I tried to follow someone from Pixelfed via Mastodon and am only seeing two of the many pictures in their profile. I noticed the same for following people of other servers within Mastodon. What can I write them? What should they check If they want to share their posts fedi-wide?
You can only see what your server has received, so unless someone else on your instance has already followed them only the most recent posts will usually arrive. You can force older ones to be fetched by copying the URL into the search bar.
Yup, Mark said it all!

The Fediverse works like this because updating all posts from all the millions of users everywhere would overwhelm small instances, so instead it only updates accounts that people on that instance follow.
@FediTips ohh that's an interesting topic that I was also thinking about today. I just created my own friendica instance and now I'm thinking about how it works with that federation. Is it, the more I follow people on other instances the more content from there I will get?
Would be interesting to understand this "federation" method better 😀
Yes, that's exactly it, the more accounts you follow, the more content will appear on your instance.
Thanks for the answers! Do you know a good source for these more technical details of federation? It's hard to find something about it with a search engine.

If you want very technical stuff there's the official Mastodon documentation:

There's also an interesting guide here:
So here's a question. Who are you?
ok, typical bot answer
I wasn't sure if the account represented a person or a small group, but I did assume FediTips was a human curated set of interesting Fediverse users.
That's my other account at @FediFollows

There's also @FediVideos for interesting Fediverse videos
>there is a human being behind this keyboard

That is exactly what a robot would say.... :eyes_fast:
Boop beep bloop!
I think you're doing a great job 😀
Big thanks!
can you verify please? 😅

Ha! Claiming you are not a bot is the tell-tale sign you *are* a bot!

Hi!! I’m VERY new to Mastodon😀 Can I follow #Fediverse?
Learning how to use ethical software!🙏🏽
You're on the Fediverse right now, Mastodon is part of it.

When you follow people on here, you are following people on the Fediverse 👍
I guess we need one of those machines...
Still from the film Blade Runner, in a scene where a special machine is used to try to tell robots from humans
just to be sure, could you check all chihuahua pictures ? 🤔