@ton thanks for posting about this, I had missed it! It is weird & timely because I was recently daydreaming about what a non-stream based interface for the fediverse might look like. I think your points about *friction* are spot on, and in some ways are what corporate social media platforms have tried to eliminate in their quest for smoothness (& sustained attention). I see the difficulties in following people in the fediverse as a productive friction that makes u think about what u are doing.
A Fediverse instance for people interested in cooperative and collective projects.