To all new folks comin' here:

You'll get more out of Mastodon by using unofficial mobile apps such as Tusky (Android) and Metatext (iOS) than through the official app.

You get a two more timelines to view: a Local timeline, and a Federated timeline.

The Local timeline consists of all public posts made by other people on the same instance/server you're on, while the Federated timeline consists of public posts including people outside of your instance.

You can the unofficial apps here:

@Hawlucha anyone can tell me how to add a 2nd account in Metatext? When I tried it I had to log off the 1st account :blobpats:

@Hawlucha By the way those timelines aren't an unofficial thing; they're built into the software, the web UI has them.

The so-called ""official"" app /deliberately removed/ them.

@Hawlucha hell, that first rule is often good on the internet - 3rd party apps are usually better as they have the features people want

@Hawlucha the.... official one doesn't show the local or federated columns??? what the fuck

everything we hear about this official app makes it sound worse and worse

@Hawlucha thanks I am going to install Tusky that mainly explain why I don't see anything in the tl 😅

@chillton actually you're on Calckey, not Mastodon. The apps aren't compatible with different services ^^;

@thatonecalculator It's been a while since I got back into little tech services, last time was Keybase and I forget when that was, lmao

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