Everyone who uses Twitter is likely to have their own view on this…
Twitter has been really good. A critical mass of interesting people, organisations, breaking news and everyday experiences. But the new owner seems determined to make it his personal plaything, and ruin it in the process.
It’s as if the pub you really like has let the troublemakers back in, started banning people at whim, and now they won’t even let you have a conversation about other pubs. And your patronage supports this pub.
On any social network, if you’re not paying to be on it, then you are the product. You and your content.
Every piece of the puzzle of the social network is trying to incentivize the people who create for you to make things that are good that you want, and then trying to show the user, the audience, the best stuff on the social network.Nilay Patel, Decoder podcast
Good content gets eyeballs. Eyeballs get advertising revenue.
If you don’t like the pub anymore, and what the management is doing, maybe it’s time to move on.
Almost everything eventually passes its prime. In the past I’ve spent time hooked on IRC, Usenet, ICQ, but eventually moved off them.
I’m not deleting my Twitter account, but I will aim to focus more on other social networks. This may include not posting most material on Twitter, or posting some items there but delayed. (For better or worse, Twitter still – for now – reaches some influential audiences that the others don’t.)
Is it of any consequence if I shift away? Not really, but I’m not the only one.
I just hope that magical critical mass that made it so good emerges elsewhere.
Who knows, maybe without the distraction of the bird site, I might even get around to blogging more often.
- Mastodon: @email@example.com – Mastodon has a lot of similarities to Twitter, but isn’t quite the same. Here’s a guide.
- Facebook: danielbowen.blog
- Lead image from The Goodies – “Stone Age” – I couldn’t resist this image of Tim leaving in a huff. Perhaps I should have found something fitting the pub analogy, though Melbourne does have a bar called Spleen.