You can’t search for text on Mastodon (and that’s kind of the point)

One thing you’ll notice if you’re using the official Mastodon app is that you can’t just search for text in a Toot (a tweet if you’re coming from the bird site) and that’s great. If you want to be searchable then you have to decide yourself and add a hashtag to your post (it’s what I’m calling a Toot from now on).

This is great as it means you can’t be attacked my random users or bots for posting your thoughts so easily. On the bird site say I want to talk about what I like about a certain Star Wars movie then there are trolls out there just looking for people like me and pile on. On Mastodon they wouldn’t be able to do this and that’s how I want it to work.

Mastodon supports full-text search when ElasticSearch is available. Mastodon’s full-text search allows logged in users to find results from their own toots, their favourites, and their mentions. It deliberately does not allow searching for arbitrary strings in the entire database.

From the Mastodon documentation

I’m really enjoying being on Mastodon.

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