My boyfriend was using Pixelfed for months before he found out about the local/network timelines.
He doesn't understand the point, and told me I should make it easier to discover accounts and content.
Not everyone uses these platforms the same, and I wouldn't be surprised if most people never check local or network timelines.
To those upset about some design decisions in the iOS app: Nobody’s forcing you to use the iOS app. I’m fully aware that it takes a different turn from all other existing apps in some aspects, and that’s the point. If it makes the fediverse larger by retaining more new users, then I’ve succeeded and everyone benefits. If not, nobody except me loses.
There’s an small effect you can see if you tilt around your phone on the welcome screen of the #iOS app
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