There's a thread by an ex-Twitter engineer making the rounds, and he has some fair criticisms of Mastodon, but his defense of an algorithmic timeline is absurd.
The chronological timeline isn't great for profits because it doesn't manipulate users into engagement or in Twitter's case... enragement.
I used Twitter to keep up with friends and the cool stuff they were doing or boosted. Ever since the algorithmic timeline was put into place I either had to use nothing but phone apps or just accept most tweets of those I follow never will show up in my feed. How this is in any way better for the user is a mystery to me. I'll admit there's some discovery-related advantages to it, but the disadvantages greatly outnumber it.
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