I think the biggest source of 'nowishness' here is the relative difficulty of producing more selective/lower-volume views of my stream.
- I can browse a particular user's feed, but I either have to search them by name and view in a column in the Mastodon UI, or view their user page by URL, and then I can't fave/RT/reply. I find myself only doing this for a couple of high-priority humans, and I did it more widely on Twitter.
- Similarly, I have no good way to link to a particular toot in a way I could mention out of band, and then take that link and view it in such a way I can easily interact with it.
- No lists, so no lower-volume views of subsets of the social graph.
- DMs are another selective/lower-volume view. Putting them in-band with other notifications makes them get lost more easily. A long-standing group DM has mostly moved back to Twitter for the moment.