How can I connect my personal instance to others so my federated timeline isn't just the people I follow?

A friend is interested in joining, so I was thinking I better make it easy for them to find people. Thanks.

I know I asked this before and some kind folks answered it, but I am having a brain fart.

Follow

I thought there was some bots or surrogate connections one could setup or subscribe to?

@sikkdays I definitely remember a bunch of instances using "follow bots" in the early days, to help populate their timelines. If you follow one of these existing bots, I imagine that would help populate your federated timeline, but I'm still kind of fuzzy on how the federated timeline really works.

@sikkdays Relays, I believe, but none of them seem to work (anymore). I was looking to do the same but gave up, also because I guess I’d rather not have every status ever written copied to my server after all.

@sikkdays
Follow as much people as you can, so your instance gets to know as many other instances as possible.
Then your public timeline will come to life.

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