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I think it also hearkens back to the difference in paradigm of microblogging like Tumblr/Twitter/Mastodon and "friend" networks like Myspace/Facebook.
Most people don't join Facebook to meet new people: they connect with people they know offline who are likely to have an account. Twitter, on the other hand, is all about talking to strangers.
This is what I think led to Mastodon picking up traction so rapidly compared to Diaspora. It facilitates meeting new people.