this is gargron's response to my criticism for intentionally removing local and federated timelines from the mobile app

he used the mastodon account to hide behind and delete @avie 's comment and close all further discussion on it


@cdmnky Does that mean there's online one big timeline on that app as it would be on twitter?

@mms on the mastodon ios app, the only timeline is your home timeline (who you follow)

@cdmnky Ah, even more unclear why would he do that for me lol.

@mms yeah, it's confusing, and weird that he'd do it in the name of "new users"

@cdmnky @mms how do you even find anyone to follow in the first place then

@132ikl @mms they added a twitter explore style tab

because y'know, the thing we need most here is algorithms

@mms @132ikl basically in the search tab before you go to search for something, it uses your post history and cross-references with other users' posts, and recommends you accounts to follow


@mms @132ikl @cdmnky i just want to make clear it does not “use your post history and cross-references with other users' posts”
accounts can be recommended to you for three reasons:
- the instance admin has hand-picked them for recommendation (that replaces the previous auto-follow feature)
- you directly direct “positive” interactions (boosted, faved) an account
- an account is popular on your instance (the only other personalized bit here is your default language)

i finds the usefulness of this whole thing dubious (and i strongly disagree with gargron's view of public/local TLs, especially the later) but those recommendations are not really doing anything fancy personalization-wise

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