Make your own message for the user here. For example: Hey @JohnSmith, I like #sports as well.
Here is some more information about this social network.
### Welcome to the Federation!
[The Federation](https://the-federation.info/) is a global social network that works by having different computers talk to each other, instead of having one computer having full control over the network and people's data.
The Diaspora\* Federation includes five different projects:
- [Diaspora\*](https://diasporafoundation.org) - [FAQ](https://wiki.diasporafoundation.org/FAQ_for_users)
- [Friendica](https://friendi.ca) - [FAQ](https://forum.friendi.ca/help/FAQ)
**They are interconnected**
Each of those projects are installed onto different computers called **nodes**, and those nodes talk to the others, and together make the full Federation. If someone is sharing something with you on a different node, your content will be sent to that node.
Unlike other networks like Facebook, **you see what you want**, not what they want you to see. Content does not get bumped up because of popularity or what you do on the social network.
#Hashtags are essential to The Federation. You **follow** hashtags, and posts tagged with it appear in your **stream**. Hashtags open up your posts to different communities. For example, the #newhere tag is followed by people that want to welcome new users into the community, and the #linux tag is followed by people that like GNU/Linux systems, or just computers in general.
Just remember, if you want to find content here remember to follow #hashtags, and other people.
When you post things there is an option called **visibility**. It decides who sees your posts. **Public** means everyone can see them (even non-users and search engines), **"all aspects"** (or similar) means only your contacts can see them, etc,
It is **our** job as the community to make content, **invite people**, fight spam, and even work on the projects themselves.
***Have fun in this community.***
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Hello and a big welcome
to everyone new to diaspora\*
With Google+ closing today, you might have just signed up to diaspora* looking for a new home. We're so pleased that you've decided to give diaspora* a try. It's fantastic that you've joined us! We have a big existing community of former G+ users, and you could try tags such as #gplusrefugee and #googleplus to connect with people you know from G+.
We hope that you quickly find your way here, and enjoy getting connected with people and content.
Here's a few tips for getting started:- There are some step-by-step tutorials on our project website covering the basics of how diaspora* works, and how to get connected with people. There's a link to these in the side-bar, should you ever want to read them in future, and there's also an in-app Help section you can access through your user menu (at the right-hand end of the header bar).
- You can search for people by name or by diaspora* ID (which looks like an email address), if you know it, from the search field in the header bar. You can invite people to join you in diaspora* by sending them a link to our project website, from where they can choose their own pod to register with. Your friends don't need to be on the same pod as you in order to connect and communicate with you.
- One good way to start getting connected with people is to start following some #tags of subjects that interest you (maybe #music, #photography, #linux, or #activism ... whatever interests you) so that you will see content on those topics in your stream. You can then start following people whose posts you find interesting, by placing them into one of your aspects.
- If you have any questions, post something with the #question or #help tag, and people will try to help you. Make sure to make your post public so anyone who can help is able to see it!
diaspora\* has some very simple community guidelines, which we hope everyone will feel able to follow so that all members can have the best possible experience here.
We're trying to improve diaspora* all the time, fixing bugs, honing performance and adding new features. But how fast we can do this is limited by the time developers have. To improve diaspora* faster, we need more developers! If you've just signed up and can code, or know someone who can and who might be interested in joining our team, get in touch!
#newhere #neuhier #nouveauici #nouvelleici #nuevoaqui #nuevaaqui #nuovoqui #nuovaqui #nuovoutente #nuovautente #nieuwhier #новичок #νέοςεδώ #diaspora