(Not so much a tip but a plea...)
If you want to be able to follow hashtags in Mastodon, please put a thumbs up on the following issue:
If you're a developer, maybe you could contribute to the code to make this possible?
Following hashtags would be really useful for discovering new people to follow. New people would find interesting content more easily too. It would help Mastodon and the Fediverse grow 🌱 👍
@feditips A sub-problem of this hashtag following one is the way Mastodon shares toots as they are pushed individually to followers. For hashtags to work under this model, a server would need to know who to send hashtagged posts to, so in effect each hashtag starts to become an account but one that gets followed per server. Hashtags really need a gossip network and that requires scalable moderation. Lots of interesting problems to solve for this one.
@feditips That's good to know about. I see it's in Fedibird and probably works the way you're talking about. https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon/issues/1096#issuecomment-658299970
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