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Mastodon – Simplified Federation by @rugk makes remote follows less cumbersome by automatically entering your Mastodon account details and puts that functionality where it should be: in your browser.

You can get it for Firefox from:

addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

@aral @rugk Oh that is exactly what I've been looking for! Thank you for sharing!

Out of curiosity, is there a version of this extension that is compatible with Chromium?

@CorruptComputer @aral not yet unfortunately, however it could be made. Any contribution is clearly appreciated!

See
github.com/rugk/mastodon-simpl for details.

@aral @rugk I already had Firefox installed on my (Linux Mint) system. So I installed that extension, but where do I go now? When I go to Firefox settings, I do not see Mastodon.

@otto9otto @aral just try to use Mastodon as you would normally do. It will prompt and guide you to do the the necessary steps by itself, i.e. when you e.g. try to follow a remote user.

Alternatively, the place where you need yo go is the add-on management page `about:add-ons`, find the extension there and then go to the settings tab there. Then you need to enter your Mastodon handle there, once.

@aral @rugk Awesome! This has always been one of the annoying things about remote interactions.

I like the way the preferences just automatically check your username to see if you're logged into your home instance.

Note to anyone else reading this: Remember your username is case-sensitive! If you have mixed case in it, you have to type the capitals correctly!

@KelsonV @aral well it does not technically check whether the username is currently logged in. After all you could enter a foreign one (just like with the default #Mastodon popup) and be redirected onto another instance. That may actually be useful though, as you can login afterwards anyway in case you have an account on that instance.

@rugk @aral Ah, that's good to know. It does check whether the user exists, though, right?

@KelsonV @aral @rugk Wouldn't there be a way to automatically launch the Mastodon app? Like with mailto links?

Something like:
ActPub://Mastodon.social/@example

I know some apps do that to launch their app from the browser (ex: Steam)

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