Streamz is a micro-blogging platform designed to teach k12 students social networking. Streamz is built on the open source software Mastodon with two views, or ways to use Streamz. The "familiar" view is based on the Twitter user interface and the "fediverse" view in the Mastodon user interface which also allows the teacher/student to see the fediverse.
- What is Mastodon?
- Your username and your domain
- Setting up your profile
- Set your preferences
- Posting toots
- Boosts and Favourites
- Text Posts
- Posting Images
- Following Other Users
- Promoting yourself and others
- Publishing levels
- Using the network features
- Dealing with unwanted content
- Fediverse View
What is Mastodon?
Your username and your domain
Streamz usernames actually consist of two parts:
- The local username, e.g.
- And the domain of the website, e.g.
Just like an e-mail address. For convenience sake, Streamz allows you to skip the second part when addressing people on the same server as you, but you have to keep in mind when sharing your username with other people, you need to include the domain or they won’t be able to find you as easily.
|I’m @alice on Mastodon!||Wrong|
|I’m @firstname.lastname@example.org on Mastodon!||Correct|
|I'm https://streamz.ca/@alice on Mastodon!||Correct|
The search form in Streamz will find people either with the above address form, or the link to the person’s profile, so you can share that instead if you prefer.
The same username can be registered on different servers – there is no way to claim all of them ahead of time. Just like with e-mail, you should not expect
email@example.com to be the same person as
Setting up your profile
Get started with your new account.
You can change how your profile appears to others by navigating to Settings > Profile > Appearance.
Your display name is shown to other users before your address. You can set a display name up to 30 characters by default.
Your bio is a short description of yourself that is displayed as a note on your profile. You can set a bio of up to 500 characters by default.
Your avatar is an icon that is displayed next to your posts and is part of your visual identity. You can upload an avatar as a PNG, GIF, or JPG image up to 2MB in size. This image will be downscaled to 400x400.
Your header is a banner image shown at the top of your profile, as well as in profile cards used in follow lists and account directories. You can upload a header as a PNG, GIF, or JPG image up to 2MB in size. This image will be downscaled to 1500x500.
You can set certain flags on your profile to let others know how you use Streamz/Mastodon.
By locking your account, two things will happen:
- New followers will not be automatically accepted, but will instead require you to manually approve them.
- A lock icon will be shown to others, to let them know that their follow will not be immediately accepted.
Enabling the bot flag will add a bot icon to your profile. This icon will let others know that your profile may perform automated actions, or might not be monitored by a human. Other software may choose to treat bot profiles differently, but Streamz currently treats the bot flag as a visual indication only.
Opting in to be listed on the profile directory will make your profile discoverable through a feature that allows browsing through profiles.
Profile metadata is a way to add extra information to your profile that is easy to skim. You have 4 rows where you can define the label and the value. For example:
It’s completely up to you what you put there. The content can contain mentions, hashtags, custom emojis and links.
Document-based verification and blue ticks are not possible without a central authority. However, Streamz can cross-reference the links you put on your profile to prove that you are the real owner of those links. In case one of those links is your personal homepage that is known and trusted, it can serve as the next-best-thing to identity verification.
Behind the scenes, Streamz checks for the
rel="me" attribute on the link back. Likewise, Streamz puts
rel="me" on the links within profile metadata.
Set your preferences
Customize things just the way you like them.
Customizing the user interface
Choose a theme
Streamz defaults to the light theme, but a dark or high-contrast theme can be selected.
Choose your layout
Streamz defaults to a simple, one-column layout with a compose box on the left and a column switcher on the right. You can choose to enable the advanced web interface, which allows you view and pin multiple columns at the same time.