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um, this is not like google, right? I just tried to search for something, but I didn’t get any result, so I’m not sure how to use this…

But then again, I just joined this mastodon / fediverse / activitypub weirdness that I never heard of before, so I’m still trying to wrap my head around how all of this works. The worst part is that I’m not a tech-savvy guy, so it’s even harder for me to understand what the hell I’m doing LOL

But, hey! At least - hopefully - we get rid of the twitter, fb, youtube, google monopolies cause I’ve had enough with these greedy giants. Mere mortals like myself can’t made a dime using their services, but mass spammers and big budget sharks break the bank every day.

So anyway, how do I use your search engine to find specific content across the entire fediverse (I believe that this is what all these websites like mastodon and lemmy are called like, right?)

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John
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I don’t get it… Where am I going to get the results from that I should manually put in if the search engine doesn’t let me search anything to begin with??

Also, any rough estimate of when the crawler will be usable?

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oh, 3 days is not that bad. I thought it might take you several months of continuous, back breaking work LOL. I can wait 3 days standing on my head (manner of speaking).

And yeah, I was actually interested in scraping posts / articles for keywords that I can market on. But, no hurry! One step at a time and we will eventually get there :)

If you manage to keep your little software updated and relevant - and as Mastodon grows bigger (I’m thinking of getting 100s of millions of people using it across all instances) - you will have a goose that lays golden eggs. It will be a real value for marketers, you could probably charge $100s per month for its usage but I obviously don’t recommend it because then I’d be left out cause I don’t have that kind of money yet :p

Anyway, keep up the good work! I’ll give your improved search engine a new try in 3 days… or 7… or however long it takes…

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John
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agreed with the non-ads route. Kudos to you :)

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