What's the difference between following and subscribing?

Hi, I’m new here and just learning my way around Mastodon in general and QOTO in particular. When I look at someone’s toot, I see buttons for subscribe and follow. What’s the difference?

By following someone they get a notification and they can see you in their followers list. If you subscribe instead, only you will know you did. Their toots will appear on your feed the same way.

Yet, the subscribe function does not circumvent user privacy: you can’t see followers-only toots by someone you have subscribed to, but not followed.

I had the same question when I started using Mastodon. :smile:

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