also another thing mastodon really needs is a way to tell what network software a user is coming from. under the user hamburger menu there should be something like "Info" that says whether they are a native mastidonian or GNU Social user or a Friendica user etc. We need to know this to know what features each one supports as all these networks are a bit different.
this is why i should never be trusted around mass-follow utilities
INTRO TO FEDERATION:
1. "mastodon" is a piece of software that runs on a server. There's a lot of servers that run it & u can follow ppl on other servers.
2. When u follow someone from another server, your server receives their toots.
3. The federated TL is all public toots that the server receives, ie all of the toots from everyone that ppl on your server follow.
4. ERGO: if u want to see more toots in the fed TL, follow + get other ppl on your server to follow ppl from other servers!
like, if you click on a user, maybe you can click on the followers tab and it shows the mutuals first
https://soundcloud.com/colonthree/swegfault-1 my only attempt at an amiga tune previously was this short wee ditty
hope to do more 4ch stuff soon
@typhlosion - it took me a few iterations of the explanation before I fully grokked it. Now I just think of it as "friend of a friend" networking.
@Vonk - more precisely, the federated timeline on the instance you join will show you all of the local posts, and the posts of people being followed by everyone on your local instance.