@eldritch_cookie Can you meaningfully interact with millions of people? Or even browse through their stuff? What's the point in cramming them in one place your feed or your search database? The discovery is meant to work naturally, you can browse through known instances, which should ideally be listed and categorized somewhere (not necessarily in one place), look in the user directory and follow people. The posts of those you follow will then pop up in your federated timeline for everyone in the instance, thus the connections would grow according to the need of the users. But of course that's not enough, we need more toot, so we use follow bots and relays and then complain that the federated timeline is junk. But, you know, actually discovering things is too hard, we want to sit back and be spoon fed, while also hating the algorithms that decide things for us.
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