The Mastodon-compatible setting allows someone on Mastodon to follow your Micro.blog account directly, without you needing to ever sign in to Mastodon itself. In fact, there is no “real” Mastodon account to sign into. It’s just Micro.blog. Replies go back and forth between the platforms.
It’s a personal preference how you want to use this.
For me, I don’t use Mastodon and instead just post to my Micro.blog blog. Mastodon people can follow me and I can follow them. All good.
For other people, they might like having a separate Mastodon account, so the cross-posting from Micro.blog to Mastodon is a good way to post to both services at the same time. For them, they can even disable the Mastodon-compatible username in Micro.blog if they really won’t use it.
I have both a Mastodon account and a microblog account. People follow me on both. At times I have had cross-posting switched on to my Mastodon account. Currently, I just post to micro.blog, and, if the post is short, I then re-blog it from my Mastodon account.
Micro.blog posts are limited to 300 characters on Mastodon. So if a micro.blog post of mine is 300 to 500 characters, often I will post it manually to Mastodon.
This is all less complicated than it sounds.
The fediverse is changing rapidly, so I figure whatever I do now is temporary.
PS: I dictated this message with Siri, which typed fediverse as “feta verse,” which I quite like.
Hi Manton, I’m posting on this old thread because I figure it’s somewhat related -
But is there a way to have Micro.blog post to an already existing Mastodon account? I have several hundred followers on my Mas.to account, but there seems to be no easy way to integrate that already existing presence with Micro.blog. By only being able to cross-post to a Micro.blog generated Mastodon feed, that seems to me, if I understand the process correctly, to be nearly just as much of a silo’d experience as forgoing Mastodon altogether? It doesn’t solve the problem of sharing my Micro.blog content with my followers, I would still have to grab a link and do it manually, or set up a service with a.gupp.e to sync my two accounts (though that would require I direct people to follow that account as well anyways.)
Will there ever be a way to cross-post to any linked account in the way that most other cross-posting services work, like the way Wordpress used to post to one’s Twitter?