Don't laugh too hard, but I'm trying to wrap my head around the difference between those you follow, the local timeline, and the federated timeline. I mean I understand the distributed model, just not precisely how the software deals with it.

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@jcorgan (1) if you follow someone (and they don't block you or anything), both their public and private posts will appear in your Home feed as well as any replies mentioning people you also follow; (2) the local timeline includes all public posts and replies from people on your instance (no private posts); (3) the federate timeline includes all public posts and replies from anyone followed by someone on your server (including those followed by bots).

@harding Thanks, this explanation, especially 3), really clarifies my mental model of this space.

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