1 day ago


#Welcome to the #fediverse

Here you can find some ideas on how to grow your #network and have a rewarding experience on #Mastodon and beyond.

The most important thing: people are the #algorithm.

Connewitz Fritz
2 days ago

@BinGanzBrav Hallöchen und #welcome 🙋

SFB 1265
3 days ago

🎉 A warm welcome to Céline Lauer (Welt/Welt am Sonntag)! 📝 We're thrilled to have her join us as our first Journalist in Residence. Looking forward to collaborating and sharing our work! #SpatialResearch #ScienceJournalism #Welcome #wisskomm #sfb1265

3 days ago

I've just created a new group for #cyclists, particularly the #transportcyclist #commutercyclist or #envirocyclist in Melbourne, Australia. @melbournebicycles

Being a Guppe group, there appears to be no admin or personalisation, but it's free to use. If your plan is to play nicely, simply click on the "at-link" above, follow and post away.

Post your bike holidays, social rides, bug meetings, pothole reports, petitions, or non-defamatory whinges about motorists. (Australia's defamation can eff us up for the littlest things, don't kill the golden goose.) Importantly, be nice and treat it as fun.

And PLEASE, share widely with like-minded friends on "the wheel."

Your "unadmin"

3 days ago

Hello fedi-folk, new to actually using social media so consider this a WIP
Im going around following people that look cool, so if I send a random follow its because I thought you were neat!

Im Ace and in a poly triad so you know im good at mediating (also helps with dnd). Developer by day, sometimes musician, cook and video game player by night

Parenthood in Academia
4 days ago

We are delighted to welcome to our team as a #Postdoc starting this June!

Ana is joining the EU project to investigate "the impact of AI inequalities over minorities' representation in academic networks". #Vienna #Welcome

AndThisIsMrsPeacock 🏳️‍🌈
4 days ago

Hey folks, since the latest wave of immigrants is ongoing, if you have some spare time, try following the #introduction hashtag and saying hi to or boosting some new people. Something we all keep hearing is that the #onboarding to #Mastodon is a little bewildering, so if you like it here, help out the new folx!

#FediTips #WelcomeWagon #Welcome

Mike Lendvay :veritrek:
4 days ago

@Sinisterer #welcome aboard. Glad you could join us!

Camp Counselor :masto_comic: ⛺
4 days ago

Hello @kaylee!

Thank you for signing up and joining us in our little community! Let me know if you have any questions or need any help getting settled.

#Welcome to camp! 🏕️

4 days ago

58 Boosts and 92 Favourites on my pinned intro!?! Wwoooosh! I haven’t had this much positive reinforcement since my 1980s trestle refit!
#grateful #introductions #welcome #railway

4 days ago

@SooperDude24 @misc you don't *have* to be either but I'd bet you're both. 😊

#Welcome! :blobcatflower:

Network Inequalities
5 days ago

We are delighted to welcome to our team as a #VisitingResearcher!

Siamak is a researcher and a PhD student His research is focused on #FairCommunityDetection as part of the project. #Vienna #Welcome

hybrid havoc :1m: :rm:
5 days ago

#Welcome to @LukeF ! Please let me know if you have any questions about our little instance, Mastodon as a whole, or anything at all.

Make sure to fill out some info on your profile. Also, it can be helpful to make an introduction post with # introduction.

Rhiannon Grant
5 days ago

My Deep Hospitality Keynote, part of the Testimonies to Mercy series, is now available to watch online. It touches on community, acceptance, and real welcome. "This keynote knocked my socks off!" according to Michael Willett Newheart on Facebook.

#Quaker #outreach #hospitality #welcome #church @quakers

Fabian ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
5 days ago

@vautee @lk Und für Personen denen overpass turbo zu kompliziert ist, gibts auf MapComplete auch eine eigene Karte dafür:

Da kann man dann auch sehr einfach neue Bücherkästen hinzufügen, usw.

5 days ago

日本晶片短缺停售 Suica、PASMO 實體卡 Welcome Suica 卡不受影響
自從通關後,小編身邊有不少朋友也去了日本,說到日本,由 JR 東日本發行的「日本版八達通」 Suica 卡相信 […]
The post 日本晶片短缺停售 Suica、PASMO 實體卡 Welcome Suica 卡不受影響 appeared first on 香港 玩生活.樂科技.
#城中熱話 #Suica #Welcome Suica #日本

5 days ago

Hey, I’m new here! 👋 What are some accounts I can follow?

I like Linux gaming, Steam Deck, retro gaming, and jail breaking.

#new #Welcome #introduction


Hey! Welcome. I’m from Kitchener. I hope you like connecting with people here on Mastodon. #welcome 😀

1 week ago

@skorvin Nice to meet you, Steven. #welcome #newhere

1 week ago

@meghansmith @gbhnews Newbies, particularly journos, #welcome!

1 week ago

@meghansmith @gbhnews Hi Meghan, #welcome to the Fediverse! Looking forward to your reporting.

The Coding Beard
2 weeks ago

Welcome aboard new #techtooters! 🎉 #new #welcome #server #mastodon

Write a short #intro about yourselves and let the community get to know you!

2 weeks ago

This is the lovely Kevin 😍. He lives at our school and he often comes to greet me ( or perhaps I am greeting him??) each morning. He rolls and wriggles around for pats. I am not very good at getting clear photos while crouching patting him.

A blurry photo of a large tabby cat lying on the concrete mid pat
Sports Feed Me
2 weeks ago

As the @EPL season comes to an end it is time to refresh it's members. Congratulation #Burnley #Blades and #Hatters on joining the club :premierLeague:

As such, #welcome @BBC_Burnley @BBC_SUFC and @BBC_LTFC to the family

#MastodonFC #Sports #PremierLeague #EPL #Promotion

Second Chance Bikes
2 weeks ago

Here is a perfect example of how Mastodon works. Stacy came to Mastodon in November. She has 513 followers. She posts interesting wildlife info I enjoy, but without hashtags. I just discovered her now because someone I follow boosted her post within a timeframe that I would see in my timeline.
• use hashtags
• boost liberally

Also, look at her account and follow if so inclined.


2 weeks ago

@jaden @nuz

Welcome, Jaden!

I'm Betsy, I'm an old fart who doesn't mind being 66 years old because it beats the alternative. I have an active life of #gardening, #traveling & being a #cat #mom.

And I'm going to be a #grandma later this year! So excited!

Oh, almost forgot, I'm a slow #runner currently #training for an upcoming 5k and then a week later a 10k, and finally the major drawback in my life is that I have to pee all the time because I'm an olds.

#Welcome to #Mastodon!

2 weeks ago


#Welcome, to the #Fediverse, Brian. Pleased to meet you.

As you are new here, you might find these points helpful to grow your network here:

As well as understanding the "algorithm" here:

Last, but not least, @'s brand new website is quite helpful for a starter:

@ACM @sigcas

As true now as it was a decade ago
#welcome #social #media

2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Hi Hal
Welcome to the Fediverse!
I keep a tips/HelpThread pinned to my profile with stuff to settle in & enjoy the ride.
#Welcome #Help #New #NewHere #FediTips #Newbie

2 weeks ago

@alicia @medium You could tag that with #Introduction for a wider audience - Oops, you already did, it's 3am, I can't read proper after 3am :)

Also, #Welcome to #Mastodon!

Emily Macaulay
2 weeks ago

@davebriggs Waving from Twitter and LinkedIn connections. #Welcome 😃 use the hashtags #data #governance #digital #publicsector

2 weeks ago

An introduction for our #server as we are accepting new #users!

#AllThingsTech is a #Mastodon #Community focused around #tech (any and all!). We #welcome #technologists, #coders, #engineers, #gadget lovers, self professed “#geeks” and anyone with an interest and love of tech. If that’s you - you’ve found your home in the #FediVerse!

Sign up @

#Home #Welcome #MastodonMigration #TwitterMigration #NicePeople #Introduction

Logo/Branding for the Mastodon instance

The logo has a circuit board like image on the left side that's pointing to the right in the colors orange and yellow. There's also two semi-circles in green and purple on the right side.
Neurotype Programmer (he/him)
2 weeks ago


Thank you for the #welcome 🙂 appreciated


they are not equivalent so...

Technology wise, under the hood they are very different.

Not all instances share all posts in the same hashtag, but each instance includes posts into a hashtag that it federates with or that their own users show an interest in.

The groups hosted by, anyone who subscribes to...will get the posts from.

Thus hashtags are a bit more "chaotic groups"...and groups are a bit more organized due to how federation works technologically and how on one instance you'll view a hashtag and you'll see I dunno 1000 posts and on another instance it will display 0 posts for that same hashtag.

Kinda confusing but they are different and have different target audiences and different use cases.

Probably using the combination of both when you need them is wise.

@zyk That's a shame. I want to get to know you all! #Welcome

The #EpiscopalChurch of the Redeemer is now accepting donations to replace the vandalized #welcome #sign because the church's #insurance is unlikely to cover the cost of #repair

According to Black, the total cost of replacing the sign, which was installed in 2016, is $15,050.

3 weeks ago

Hi people on Calckey and Hi dear Followers,

The move / transfer of my account anamsona(at) to Calckey is finished.
From 759 Follower I can see up to now 734.
I hope everybody who's missing me, will find me again.

I'm happy to welcome you all (again) with a picture of a beautiful evening atmosphere

#AccountMigration #welcome #Ireland #evening #bay #Beara #water #coast #landscape #photographie #nature

The green field in front is in the shadow already. The rest of the bay with the hills and the houses on the right side of the bay are in golden sunlight. Some thin clouds on the blue sky but the water is as blue as the sky.

🐁 Artist: #DavidZinn in City: #Dexter #Michigan USA 🇺🇸 - Title:
🔴 "Nadine and the Welcoming
🔵 "Nadine und die Begrüßung
der Welt."
#StreetArt #SidewalkChalk #Art #Chalkart #Mouse #Welcome #HelloWorld #WipeYourFeet 👣
#GoodMorning ! ☕🥐

Streetart. Chalk drawing. On a sidewalk edge has been drawn a little mouse. In a small open door stands the little mouse in a blue dress and has a bag under her arm. In front of her is a yellow doormat with "Welcome" written on it. Title: "Nadine and the Welcoming World."
3 weeks ago

There is no central architect.

There are some people on the Fediverse who contribute a lot, but there are no Emperors, no Kings. Power is distributed out & shared, and not a pyramid with rulers atop. The rest of the network can just adapt around any figure. The Fediverse can't be bought and sold.

This means my social is not at the whims of negotiating with some central figure, who is unlikely to register I even exist. If I want something different, I can move around the Fediverse to where it's happening that way, even set up my own space if I want.
#Fediverse #FediFriday #FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus #SocialMedia #social

Neo confronts the Architect of the Matrix in a round room with screens for walls. All showing different versions of Neo, showing how little individual users matter to the Architect of the Matrix.
3 weeks ago

You can start off in the Fediverse from any platform, so maybe this one.

Maybe you begin with Calckey (this here)/Misskey or Mastodon or Pixelfed (a bit like Instagram). You will soon appreciate your freedom to add other platforms without having to start over from scratch like with the big corporate social walled enclosures that separate their user bases. I post seamlessly from Calckey to my Mastodon followers for example.

3 helpful sites to explore:

An over view of the Fediverse, a co-operation of social platforms. Imagine Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, Youtube, Medium, Reddit but co-operating, inter-operating and developing to benefit all the users not some billionaires.

Calckey servers

Where did your Twitter contacts go? Automatically reconnect to your Twitter people from the many different Fediverse platforms.

#FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus #SocialMedia #social #SocialMedia #social

Operator Tank from the Matrix movies, sitting in front of many screens filled with information.
4 weeks ago


I realise
#Fediverse is an evolving co-operating culture with common protocol linking many things. No platform is trying to lock up all my attention in their walled garden.

I can have several accounts, try & use several platforms, keep my circles across all & I'm free to move around. Exporting and importing followers, migrating, these are all
#Fediverse core principles. Freely social, not captive eyeballs.

On phone tablet desktop, I can have apps and/or I can open simple browser windows +just type an instance's address. There are many ways to login & communicate across the

This idea is a revolution in itself. How much effort did I lose on doomed corporation farms that were jealously trying to carve out separately, wall away and own their userbase. Myspace, Google+, Facebook, Twitter.

#FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus #SocialMedia #social

Neo thoughtfully examines a bullet.
4 weeks ago

#Fediverse has many apps & projects, many servers, many mod teams. This is its strength.

No1 can buy it up.

The code is all open source. No advertisers. There is no reason to make us anxious or aggressive to make us click more or scroll faster, there is no1 to trade clicks & scrolls to for ad$.

Everything runs on donations & volunteer time+skills.

The servers & platforms I use regularly I should contribute to.
#FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus

Neo standing in front of a wall of screens, each screen showing Neo standing in front of another wall of screens. Ad infinitum.
4 weeks ago


Metrics don't matter here. Numbers don't matter. Mollowers aren't faked here, my voice isn't reduced by algorithms. What matters here is good interactions. Actually being social.

Having more followers does not make my posts more visible.
Following fewer people does not make my posts more visible.
Having lots of favs does not make my posts more visible.
It is not a system of social overlords broadcasting at serfs who don't get heard.

The features here are designed for the users, not for data harvesting or profit. They are deliberate choices to encourage people to treat each other better. There is rapid development and if I need a different feature, I should just look at another platform to access the Fediverse which will give it to me.

I can use many Fediverse websites/apps, and keep all my circle of people across them.

People matter, not metrics.
#FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus

Neo flying faster than a raging explosion behind him.
4 weeks ago


If there are subjects I don't want to deal with I can set filter words in my profile settings which will stop certain topics from showing up in my feeds.

#Fediverse & it's different platforms+software have masses of clever tools, & different ways to access. You communicate with people all over the Fediverse, seamlessly.

So much more to explore, new projects, new apps:
#PixelFed like Instagram but not trying to sell you stuff
#PeerTube like Youtube but not ads based
#Friendica like Facebook but not harvesting data
& many more to discover
#Calckey like a smooth & fun new Twitter replacement #FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus

Neo flying so fast through the matrix city his slipstream is collecting tumbling cars in his wake.
4 weeks ago


This place is built on kindness, on respecting each other, on listening, on benefit of the doubt, on not trying to 'win' conversations but learn from them. Humans beings are varied, that makes life interesting.

I must not leap to be be negative back. Maybe they just have too much stress today. If I have to I can block. If troll servers turn up, I can block an entire server if I need to - but probably the mod heroes will be on it anyway.

They're volunteers, our mods and admins, and it's a tough job, let alone when it's unpaid. Be kind to them!
#FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus

Neo, hand outstretched, palm up, freezing all the bullets in mid air.
4 weeks ago


When uploading images try and describe the images in the alt text box, this is good for people using screenreaders, blind, partially sighted etc. Try to remember to include people.

Fediverse is MUCH better at this than most places, something to be proud of, lets keep it that way!
#FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus

Neo with sunglasses standing in front of streams of matrix symbols fading in to a dark background.
4 weeks ago


Emails have a subject line which I click to expand body of the message.

Fediverse has similar thing. A content wrapper [CW] button when posting that adds a title, then one clicks to expand post.

It takes very little extra time to do. Subject line doesn't prevent me sending email! It's good for long posts or stuff that people might not want to see.

Remember sometimes people just need a break from things going wrong in the world.
#FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus

4 weeks ago


I should write an introduction post to say hello and tell people a bit about myself.

Include the
#introduction hashtag. Pin it to my profile.

Include lots of hashtags, so people can find me too.
#FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus

4 weeks ago


There are multiple feeds. You can customise them.

🛳️Home includes everyone I follow from any server for multiple social platforms.

⛴️Local=everyone on my ship (physical server).

🚢Federated=a step wider network, the people that locals are connected to or are searching.

#Fediverse is like a fleet. Different types & sizes of ships. Different sizes of instances/servers running a variety of social platforms. But all communicating & co-operating across the Fediverse. #FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus

4 weeks ago


is the ❤️ button but it only tells the author you like their post, nobody else.

🔁Boost🔁 is what moves info around.

There is no algorithm, we choose and not some algorithm under corporate control. We choose by
🔁boosting🔁 posts and by using #hashtags.

If I put hashtags more at the bottom of a post it is kind to those using screen readers, partially sighted, blind etc. Fediverse has a good reputation for inclusion, we must keep it going.

Some platforms like Calckey even have a separate box below main post compose area, just for adding hashtags.
#FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus

4 weeks ago


👊I can put #hashTags in the search bar & find intersting things. Join in those conversations. Find more people to follow.

Locals on my server might answer questions eg "what's a good #hashtag to find historians with?" #Histodons Many are obvious eg #naturePhotography #ClimateChange

🤜I could pin hashtags as columns, or follow hashtags to put them in homefeed. I can create rules + keywords + hashtags + users based notifications called antennas on platforms like Calckey. There are many ways to find stuff or be notified on topics you specify.

🤛I can edit my posts (4.0+ Mastodon, Calckey, various other platforms). #FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus

4 weeks ago


👊I know bookmarks!
Bookmark a post via an icon or 3 dots flyout menu to return to something useful.

Follow liberally!
Morefollows has zero algorithm penalty here. Is no algorithm. More people I follow, more interesting my feeds get. There are good tools for management.

🤜I can click #hashtags!
#FediTips or #Newbies. I click hashtags to learn more stuff & find more people!

🤛I look at different feeds like local federated home etc.
#FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus

4 weeks ago

Day 1
Where am I? Is this the Fediverse? What is the Mastodon?
👉 Click for Thread🧵

What I've learned about
#Fediverse (#Mastodon #Calckey etc) condensed to help others.

3 helpful sites:

The Fediverse, a co-operation of social platforms. Imagine Facebook, Twttr, Instagram, Tiktok, Youtube, Medium but co-op to benefit the users not a few billionaires

Calckey servers

Where did your Twitter contacts go?

#FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #FediTips #Help #New #Newbies #NewHere #Social #Welcome #TwitterMigration #TwitterExodus

1 month ago

We may be getting more fun new friends as birdchan burns, what’s your best advice for new folks on the fedi? what do you know now that you wish you knew when you hopped on? #welcome

1 month ago

An introduction for our #server as we are accepting new #users!

#AllThingsTech is a #Mastodon #Community focused around #tech (any and all!). We #welcome #technologists, #coders, #engineers, #gadget lovers, self professed “#geeks” and anyone with an interest and love of tech. If that’s you - you’ve found your home in the #FediVerse!

Sign up @

#Home #Welcome #SpreadTheWord #TellYourFriends #NicePeople #Introduction

Current logo/branding for the Mastodon instance

Oyé Oyé les Toulousain.e.s 👋
Ici et maintenant, montrons qu’une politique d’accueil et de solidarité est nécessaire et possible.
Au plaisir de vous y retrouver 😉
#RegularisezMaintenant #Welcome #sanspapiers #RESF31 #Toulouse

Tract du réseau éducation sans frontières 
Fête de la solidarité 
Groupes de musiques
Programmation de la fête de la solidarité 
12h apéro concert avec Double Bob restauration 
14h concert KKC 
15h intermède de l'école de cirque du Lido
15h30 concert de Mymytchell 
16h30 paroles de familles exilées 
17h concert El Comunero


I hope you will come join me as I do some #live #DJ #turntable mixing of various #EDM genres like #House #Rave #Techno music that has never been heard before!

All #instrumental, so it's great to have on in the background too!

You are also #welcome to #join in the #chat for a #shoutout , or to interact with the #stream and other #fans

Helen H
1 month ago

Since it’s #WelcomeWednesday, I thought I’d share one of my original digital art designs with ya’ll. Tropical pink hibiscus, banana plant leaves and a sundry of green foliage are all staples in the sub-tropical climes of Central and South Florida.
#tropical #welcome #hibiscus #pink #flower #flowers #art #artists #MastoArt #FediArt #ArtCollector #artwork #BuyIntoArt #fediverse #FediGiftShop

Tropical Welcome is available here:

A digital art creation of tropical pink hibiscus blossoms surrounded by green foliage on a black, horizontal background.  The word welcome is written in pink text in the center.
stephen m
1 month ago

This is nice to see @mozilla on their own instance! #mastodon #welcome

1 month ago

Welcome to #AllThingsTech @DanW We are glad to have you here and look forward to interacting with and seeing what you have to offer as far as content.

To learn more about our instance, check out our blog post here ➡️

Make sure to checkout the rules ➡️

Make sure to post and introduce yourself using the #introduction hashtag.

If you have any questions, please let myself or @kylewritescode know!

#NewMember #Welcome

An image that says Welcome To AllThingsTech and has the AllThingsTech logo in the bottom right corner and a hand with two fingers up in the bottom left corner.
1 month ago

Welcome to #AllThingsTech @akalisingh We are glad to have you here and look forward to interacting with and seeing what you have to offer as far as content.

To learn more about our instance, check out our blog post here ➡️

Make sure to checkout the rules ➡️

Make sure to post and introduce yourself using the #introduction hashtag.

If you have any questions, please let myself or @kylewritescode know!

#NewMember #Welcome

An image that says Welcome To AllThingsTech and has the AllThingsTech logo in the bottom right and the hand with two fingers up in the bottom left.
The Bird
1 month ago

Welcome to all our new users on the #DisabledSocial server! I hope I caught your introduction posts, but if I didn't, I apologize -- it's hard to keep up when I'm not feeling well.

So this is my welcome to you! Thanks for being here!

Let us mods know if you have any questions!

For information about our server, how to navigate mastodon, and information on accessibility on this platform, see our blog here:

#introduction #NEISvoid #Welcome

Mitex Leo
1 month ago

Found a really cool project 😎...

It is an attractive quick introduction to the Fediverse and it guides people to open Fediverse alternatives for the closed platforms that they are currently used to.

Give it a try :

#fediverse #mastodon #introduction #welcome

The Coding Beard
1 month ago
1 month ago


To start, #welcome. A lot of posts like this have cropped up recently.

If you are having trouble finding people, a couple of recommendations.

To start, follow a bunch of hashtags and use them in your posts. They are no considered spam here, but a necessity for your posts to reach people.

Since your interested in meeting #lgbtq people, try following it and related hashtags, and then follow the people you like (not every post by someone will be in those hashtags)

Also checkout It is a directory of people by what topics they post in who've asked to be added.

#fediverse #mastodon #twittermigration #twitter #new #newusers #TheResistanceWillBeFederated

The Coding Beard
1 month ago

An introduction for our #server as we are now accepting #new #users! is a #Mastodon #community focused on #tech (any vintage!). We #welcome #technologists, #coders, #engineers, #gadget lovers, self professed “#geeks” & anyone with an interest and love of tech. If you share the opinion that the the best #technologies are the ones that most resemble ‘#magic’- you’ve found your home in the #fediverse!

#home #welcome #spreadtheword #tellyourfriends #nicepeople #introduction

Tim Chambers
2 months ago
Tim Chambers
2 months ago

@ZDF Very well played, ZDF social team. Perfect first post.

#Welcome to the #Fediverse

2 months ago

I came to Mastadon in February because I couldn't take the overhaul/overlord at the bird site any longer. I've found Mastadon to be full of friendly, real people with lovely insights. Your feed is what you make it. Following people, following hashtags, adding hashtags to toots, and always using alt text for images are key to finding your people and following your interests. Thanks for having me and #welcome to newcomers! #mandala #MastoArt #KindnessMatters

Blue, gold, green, and purple mandala made from layered, cut paper and decorated with black inked lines and colored paint.