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Look, there's nothing inherently wrong about an algorithm managing your timeline, but people get hung up on FB/twitter style fuckery and can't get past the adtech mindset that makes those ones so horrible.

Chronological order is an algorithm, after all, as has been pointed out by other people before.

I'd love to see algorithms here! In the spirit of masto/fedverse you could select one you like, and tune it so that it does what you want

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Want to prioritize long term mufos? Sure, that could be handy especially if you want to give new people a little time to find themselves

How about instances that are new to you? Might be good to give those a little extra scrutiny

Not super interested in sportball? Maybe dial those back a little without muting them outright

Someone you have interacted with a lot posts after being away for a long time? Top of the list

etc etc

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Point being, algorithms should be transparent and adjustable. And serve your needs instead of advertisers. The fact that is is even possible is difficult for people to grasp sometimes

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Not really a subtoot but your earlier offhanded jokey comment made me think of this @siege

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@pagrus also true! I look at tiktok as a voyeur and that place looks like the epitome of a bad algorithm but it’s just an example of why lack of transparency will make a place crash and burn… but it’s kinda like how “all cars are bad” has no room for nuance. Thoughtfully manufactured vehicles could have a place but TikTok is like the hummer of social media algorithms. Gets you where you’re going, but at what cost?

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@oddity I just think that things get weird when you invert or remove the economic incentives so ingrained in fb/twitter/etc

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@oddity Everything kind of comes back to that for me

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@pagrus yeah that totally makes sense. I think you’re right.

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@oddity money wants what it wants

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@pagrus i've been thinking I could use a page with "last post from everyone I follow"

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@t54r4n1 Or like a timezone shifter, adds 6 hours to your friends' posts to give the appearance they are active at the same time you are

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@pagrus me too. I’d like a “favorites” list. Like, either folks I’ve indicated I want at the top of my TL or a whole separate TL of just people I’ve faved.

Which I guess is like a list but also the list feature is hard to locate? Unless I’m just out of practice.

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@oddity @pagrus oh I totally have mastodon set up to have a separate timeline of favorites, and only check the home timeline when I'm out of things to read. it's very doable on the web interface!

on each person you want to fave, after you've followed them, click the 3-dot menu button (next to the bell) and select "Add or Remove from lists." you'll get a little window that lets you create new lists and add to existing ones. click the + to add this person to one or more lists. then you can make this "faves" list one of your regular default columns for easy viewing.

my problem is that I keep adding interesting new people to my faves list until I can't keep up with it anymore. maybe it's time to make a super-faves list :shark_think:

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Yeah, this would be pretty neat. It'd be like all the ink people used to spill talking about "agents" back before the whole WWW got completely dominated by ad sites with little holes for "user-generated content" in between the ads. What kind of settings leave you happy, satisfied, and well-informed, rather than keeping you glued to to the endless scroll looking for the next hit in between the ads?

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