But here you have people from three instances in a conversation, so there's that.
I have found people to follow by recommendation: someone I follow boosts something from elsewhere into my timeline. The rough formula for this: I started with a mix of about 20 active users, and their prompts created just enough steady growth in recommendations that I developed my home timeline to run at the right pace for me.
Hope this is helpful.
And I think we come back to: all of this would be a lot easier if the interface weren't so awful.
I'm still only using the middle column. The left column shows my posts, but I don't really need that. I think the right column is trying to show a threaded discussion list right now, but it can't decide whether I'm in one conversation or three, and anyways it's in chrono order to it just keeps putting the old posts at the top.
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