Switching to Mastodon 'unlisted'

There’s not really a blogpost here. More a note of when I did it, for a future blogpost. Perhaps.

Today, I switched my default posting visibility from “public” to “unlisted”.

According to the documentation, the difference between the two is slight:

Exactly the same as public, but with the following difference:

  • Your post will not appear in Mastodon’s public timelines.

I’m not 100% sure what this means, as I don’t use any public timelines.

You can access my server’s public timeline using:

curl https://mastodon.neilzone.co.uk/api/v1/timelines/public | jq

But I don’t fully understand why some of the stuff that you see there is on there, as it doesn’t appear to be stuff from this server.