Wondering, as I have in the past, about the usefulness of the federated timeline. It's a firehose: scrolls way too fast to actually interact with anything on there, and even if you had time to read/click on something, over half the content is in languages I don't speak.

As a visualization of overall activity, it's pretty neat. As a practical feature, it's unusable.

I think it depends on the instance. From mastodon.technology, the federated timeline is pretty reasonable to sift through. It will definitely decrease in usefulness as the size of the instance grows, though.

@grobolom Do you mean the local timeline or the federated timeline? Local is a little more reasonable, although on an instance like mastodon.social, it's still pretty fast. I thought federated was *every* instance, though—or at least the ones that your particular instance hasn't blocked. Basically as if you were seeing everything being posted to Twitter in real-time.

@grobolom (...and unless your instance has blocked pretty much everybody else, I'd think federated would be crazy no matter where you are.)

@csilverman my understanding is that the federated timeline, viewed from an instance, is a list of everyone on your instance, as well as everyone that someone on your instance follows.

From looking at mine for a little while, while it scrolls quickly, it probably averages less than one per second from mine, which is at least usable for finding new people to follow.


@grobolom Didn't know that—I guess I thought it was as simple as importing updates wholesale from other instances. I can see how limiting it to people who people on your instance think are worth following might make for a better stream.

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