"Technologists today are almost never innovators, but rather plumbers who build pipelines to move ideas in the form of data back and forth with varying efficacy. Users are innovators" https://www.emilygorcenski.com/post/angelheaded-hipsters-burning-for-the-ancient-heavenly-connection/
Maybe time to repost http://www.kevinmarks.com/mastodontheory.html for those showing up from twitter
The structure of Mastodon and GnuSocial instances provides multiple visible publics by default, and Mastodon's columnar layout (on wider screens) emphasises this. You have your own public of those you follow, and the notifications sent back in response, as with Twitter. But you also have two more timeline choices - the Local and the Federated.