How To View and Follow Another Person's Following on Mastodon

Posted by Peter G Kellner on November 19, 2022 · 2 mins read

The Problem

In Twitter, it’s easy to view another users followers and follow the ones you are interested in. That’s because twitter runs on a centralized infrastructure and the instance running your session has access directly to all twitter users everywhere.

In Mastodon, not so much. Looking at someone else’s followers requires bouncing between different “federated” Mastodon servers all over the internet. I just read that there are over 7000 Mastodon servers right now that are being used in a big way. I’m sure that number will go up in a big way very quickly.

The Steps (On My Server, techhub.social)

First, log in to your own Mastodon server. When I do that, I get this screen

Mastodon Home Page

You then copy the Mastodon user you want to see the followers from into the search text input on the top left of this screen

Mastodon Follow Field

Mastodon Follow Field

Press Enter while in that input field

Mastodon Follow Field

This gives us a screen on the right that shows George’s following and followers, so click on the following link above George’s name

Mastodon Follow Field

And then on the bottom, you get a button titled “Browse more on the original profile, click that”

Mastodon Follow Field

Giving me George’s profile

Mastodon Follow Field

Click on his followings and painfully, one at a time go through the list of followings

Mastodon Follow Field

Mastodon Follow Field

right clicking on that name and choosing copy link https://universeodon.com/@kathygriffin@mstdn.social

Mastodon Follow Field

And then, you can finally press the “follow” “plus” button.

Mastodon Follow Field

HTH’s