I'm interested in how other users' experience differ. Do you use the federated timeline? How? What do you get from it?
@lrhodes I don’t use it, for the reason you stated above. It’s pretty much nonsensical. I think the weirdness of the federated timeline could also deter some new users from getting into mastodon. OTOH, it may draw others in. Like you say, in theory it makes a lot of sense as a kind of expanded circle around your interests.
@lrhodes fedilab allows you to follow local timelines of other instances, and all the other clients should do that too. I thought that's the whole point, but apparently that does not match the twitter experience everyone else is aiming for, so I'm stuck on my phone. Tempted to write a cli client with a vim plugin as the interface, but I'm probably not that cool.
@lrhodes I don't use it much. It's good for some quick entertainment when I'm mindlessly scrolling but a lot of it doesn't resonate with me. Though I'm pleased to see a lot of queer representation. Much more so than on other platforms imo.
The reason I dig the local timeline is that it's quiet. I don't like being bludgeoned over the head with information, especially when a lot of it is stuff that ticks me off/makes me tense.
@lrhodes I primarily use the federated timeline when I'm in the mood for finding new people/bots to follow. Otherwise I stick to home/local
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