The platform is not much fun anymore, but still has a large community
I don't know if you recall this, but we first met in person after a Twitter conversation! One of many wonderful experiences I had that were mediated by Twitter . . . much harder to imagine a similar interaction now.
For whatever it's worth, I think getting on Mastodon is in order if you want to engage with scientists. If you're primarily interested in engaging with non-technical folks, then your stated strategy is fine.
Dear Professor Thorp,
One simple way to make a thing not-a-thing is: ignore it (adapted from Marcel Proust).