The @pixelfed is just like [damn] Instagram, but much better. Even the founder of it, @dansup, shared a photo of a dog as the first post just like how Kevin Systrom posted a picture of a dog as the first post.
This seems to be a general problem with these alternatives, right? I mean, who in my friend circle or people I know in general does use them? None. Even apps like Threema or Telegram are used maybe by 1% of my contacts..