I am confused by people posting openly on the Web and thinking they are not performing an act in public.
Search is useful and necessary. Hashtags are not enough.
Each post on Mastodon is a mini blog post on the Web that should be indexed using the same rules and tools as everything else on the Web.
Mutuals-only would be a useful feature to add, private accounts already exist, and noindex meta data already exists to ask search engines to exclude you.
@jeremiahlee totally with you, the “old” community on masto certainly has come up with some interesting rules about what is and isn’t acceptable