@christy Hey welcome.
I found mastodon comes into its own when you follow enough people that you have a home timeline of who you want to hear from. Public timelines can be a firehose.
Any questions, there's a really friendly smart community milling around in here.
@christy I don't use the mastodon.social local timeline, I think I've made my own instance-like sense of smaller community by following.
But I've been wondering how it would feel to have a stronger sense of instance identity. At the moment I feel more like a node.