So is joining Mastodon worthwhile because of the 'birdon.social' server? Or is it too early to tell?You can see the feed of who you follow, there is a local server feed of everything on your server, and a wider feed of everything posted anywhere on Mastodon by friends of friends I think.
In fact, I've just switched to the app "tooot", and I have the choice of:
Home feed: Everyone I'm following.
Local: everything on my local Server,
Federated: an unfiltered view of everything on mastodon, except banned servers, and
Explore: which has trending subjects; Plus I can add other Servers, such as birdon.social, for a look at what is being posted on that instance.
With X / Twitter, I agree that avoiding 'for you' filters out a lot of the unsavoury stuff, but at the same time enables you to avoid people who's opinion you may disagree, which I'm not sure is always a good thing?