Finding new folks is probably the hardest part of Mastodon, given the weakness of Mastodon search (hashtags only, only shows toots "seen" by the server). Watching the Federated feed (the globe) can help, especially when new folks get boosted (like Twitter retweets) into the feeds.
I'll occasionally view someone's profile on their home server and browse their follows/followers, and find people I'm not otherwise connected to. This also helps grow the Federated feed.
@annika That's one of the points where it really is interesting to see what users want and need. Personally, I never really had issues finding new folks on mastodon, but some friends of mine which I tried to get permanently off Facebook were turned away after seeing they didn't manage to find some known contacts they actually want to communicate with or to read from. 😐
I also like the ability to go to (many) instance's About pages and look at the local timeline. That can be a good middle ground between my own local/home timelines (too hard to find new people) and the fed timeline (too overwhelming/too hard to find people I want to follow).
@codesections @annika I find the service at http://www.unmung.com/mastoview?url=mastodon.org.uk&view=local useful for viewing other instances' local timelines, though it only goes back a short way.
@annika I am rather new around here, and at least with tusky, I can't see a person's followers from distant instances (not sure if there are exceptions), which I think sucks big time for global connectivity. Is this a problem with tusky? At least their web presentation seems to list them all, but then remote following becomes a hassle. How do I jump profiles more efficiently?
@joli On their profile, you can expand the top-right menu to view the profile in your browser. That profile will load on their home instance, and will be up to date with all their follows/followers. You can also follow remotely from there.
It's less convenient than following in the app, but it'll do the trick.
@annika I follow a bit over one tenth the number of ppl you follow and I have a hard time keeping up with their output every day. I'm sure I often miss stuff even.
I rarely follow new ppl, even though there are so many interesting ppl around, because I can't respect them properly, because of time constraints.
I'm flabbergasted that you'd want more than the 500 or so you already follow.
I just don't understand.
I didn't use twit or fb and it's a blindspot I have in trying to grok this problem.
@annika I guess those 60 folk I follow are my 'list'. I wouldn't say we're all exactly close and some ppl hardly post. However, I do sometimes interact with them out of band in email or irc (or whatever sdf.org is calling 'com' mode). I may even reinstall gnu ring if there's interest.