I feel like I've seen a couple of recent conversations here (refactorcamp.org) about how to find people off-instance to follow.
I personally have the opposite problem (I follow a lot more folks off-instance than on-instance), so I thought it might be worth sharing some how I found interesting conversations on other instances.
1. In the beginning, I spent a lot of time on the global timeline. Yes, it's kinda a dumpster fire initially, but it becomes more useful as you build up more off-instance followers. Signal-to-noise is never great, but it's a place to start.
Follow anyone who says a couple of interesting things, or who otherwise looks interesting. You'll probably unfollow a lot of them within a few weeks, but it helps improve the off-instance signal-to-noise.
2. Boosts are your friend! Whenever I see a toot boosted that I find interesting, I click through to look at that person's profile. If they have a good number of interesting toots in their personal timeline, I give them a follow.
This approach becomes particularly useful once you find a couple of folks who reliably boost other people you find interesting.
4. Finally, look for who boosts/favs/follows you, take a look at their personal timeline, and give them a follow if they look interesting.
This approach probably works best if your a prolific/interesting poster... Which I'm not. But even so, this is how I've found some of my favorite off-instance people.
Remember: Mastodon moves more slowly than Twitter (network-wide conversations seem to have a much longer tail), and there's no algorithm to suggest people/toots to you (overall I think this makes interactions/relationships more stable, but it does raise the barrier to entry).
It took me a few months before I started to find my home timeline consistently interesting. But now that it's there I find the discussions I have/read on Mastodon far more rewarding than what I have on Twitter these days.
@necopinus five or so recommended people to follow? :)
@aRandomCat YMMV, but here's some folks who I think say/do interesting things, or boost interesting things, or are involved in conversations that I find interesting:
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