One of my favorite things about human-run social media is that if your feed goes quiet, it lets it be quiet instead of dropping in stuff from a bunch of strangers it thinks you might like.
Or maybe that “hey follow this rando” behavior is a thing I loathe about corporate-run social media.
That, and the "HEY DO YOU WANT TO SEE THE THING YOUR FRIEND LIKED? NOT RETWEETED, JUST LIKED?" spam are insufferable.
Like the very early days of birdsite, before they started trying to figure out how to earn money on it, when you could literally catch up on reading what the people you wanted to know about were up to every time you visited.
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