You want to know the value of Mastodon over Insta? Posted this on Instagram to the 15k followers I have there, properly tagged. 29 likes, no comments.
Masto? *So* much engagement. So much fun discussion. So much more community.
Numbers don't mean squat if you don't have the follow through. I've never sold a single piece of art through Insta. People on Insta like passively browsing through images and tapping the heart. For an artist, it's a useless audience.
Further, I have a colouring book published through Barnes & Noble and a big art licensing firm in the US that represents me. Neither of these found me through FB, Insta, or Twitter. The only people who reach out to me with 'business opportunities' on Insta are accounts entirely unrelated to mine offering me 'influencer opportunities'.
Meanwhile, people here don't just buy art that I post for sale, they ask if they can buy art I haven't even listed. "Supportive" is an understatement.
@welshpixie yes! omg this is so true. I never feel like I'm posting into the void here. People talk to each other and help each other and treat each other like people rather than content factories.
I try to commission art from other fediverse users when I can and I've been so happy with the results.
And as a writer, my crowdfunding has been funded and my books have sold almost entirely on the strength of my friends and community here.
@welshpixie It's definitely reciprocal -- I don't think people should come here expecting to cross-post from twitter, never engage, and get the same kind of community support. Like you need to be *part* of a community to have it's support.
But 100 followers here is surely worth 100x that elsewhere, because that's 100 people who actually want to talk to you and hear from you.
@FiXato @vicorva @welshpixie for me the main annoyance of twitter crossposts is that they inject things here without context and you can't really interact with them — if you reply, the crossposter may never know you've said something to them, and that's just rude. fediverse is geared towards meaningful interactions, and treating it as a one-way dumpyard is nothing but rude.
Polyglot City is the right instance for you, if you're interested in linguistics, languages, language learning and translating, or if you are multilingual or polyglot. All languages are allowed to flourish on our timelines. And of course you're free to talk about anything else besides languages, too. Make this your personal home!