From IndieWeb

explore is a common feature of social media sites and silos, often display on a search page by default or sometimes on a home page, that typically displays popular content and trends on a site, or in some cases (like Mastodon instances), posts across connected sites that users on a site are interacting with (replying or reacting to).

See Also

  • to-do: figure out overlap & differences with discovery, and document that in both places, cross-linking accordingly
  • Service example: https://indieweb.social/explore (and perhaps most/default Mastodon instances)
  • Software example / issue: Mastodon under some conditions will show an "empty" /explore page with nothing but placeholder text stating "Nothing is trending right now. Check back later!", despite there being recent posts on the instance, and from other servers followed by users on the instance.