i highly recommend the "advanced view" if you haven't tried it yet
it was the original UI for mastodon before the new one happened
it's really useful and customizable and yeah
i love it
i run mine with five columns (six if you count the compose box column)
from left to right: notifs, home, local, a special list for friends, and then the "getting started" thing
@vantablack I'm not sure why anyone'd even want to use the non-advanced interface unless they didn't know an alternative existed. I don't even have any other columns besides Notifications pinned, and yet I prefer it. It's just so much nicer!