Welcome, new people!
Ways to find people to follow, aside from reading the local feed:
1. write an #introductions post, and hashtag the things you're interested in. You can't search by keywords, you can only search hashtags.
2. search for hashtags of things that interest you.
2a. your instance will only search hashtags on federated toots, so to find more, go to a large instance and search their hashtags. Edit this URL: https://mastodon.social/tags/knitting
Also helpful for new people:
What to CW? Spoilers (pls hashtag so ppl can find later), food (for ppl w/ eating disorders, or for vegans etc), NSFW, mental health, common phobias, body image/weight loss, bigotry, current events, commonly distressing topics. Speaking for myself, I want to read bad news, but I want to decide to do it and have a moment to prepare.
find (some of) your twitter friends with Mastodon Bridge: https://bridge.joinmastodon.org/
Please be cautious about cross-posting from Twitter. I've been using Mastodon and Twitter both for more than 6 months now, and Mastodon is far less distressing to me. (Other ppl say the same.)
When people cross-post from Twitter without CWs (especially RTs), it starts making Mastodon feel like Twitter.
I don't crosspost, so I don't know what the considerations are, but if you could either crosspost from Mastodon to Twitter, or CW all your crossposts, it would be a huge help.
@irina exactly! But we're all variable, and I've seen some people come to Mastodon and start posting the same way they do on Twitter, out of habit. Cross-posting makes that even more likely, and it can cause friction.
Anyway, hello! It's good to have you here, where current events will mostly be behind CWs and you can ignore them if you please.