PLUS: Why it's time to start leaving Twitter behind
Thanks for eloquently writing what I've also gone through a few weeks ago. Twitter was a saving grace during the heights of the pandemic, both professionally and personally. I will miss it dearly, I already do, but that place is gone and will never come back. Onwards.
I could care less about Twitter as a platform, but it's the people I follow and engage with in my niche communities and hobbies that kept me here daily for the past 7+ years. I would love to jump to alternatives but until my wider communities move on, I'm stuck on this burning ship because all my content will be on this platform until it isn't.
With that said, I've curated my feeds in a way that reduces any exposure to the greater conversation unless I go out of my way to seek it through trending tags or reading about it on articles like this. It's almost like a bubble in a war zone, and probably the only way to enjoy Twitter these days.
I hear you Casey. I have been on twitter, since 2008. It has been a great place to talk / and get replies from people who were involved in great things around the world, and organise, and get informed. It was a superb platform. My current posture, which may change, is that I am not surrendering the platform to the Trump/Musk/far right mob. Why would we? Unless, we understand that our tweets get intentionally downgraded, we should we surrender such a precious public discourse space to the fascists? PS. I appreciate your fantastic work here. I am learning so much, here. Thank you.
It is tough, at times, to be a sensitive, good, caring and thoughtful person on the Internet. While seeing FriendFeed sold to Facebook or seeing Google Reader turned down were painful tragedies, this decimation of Twitter from the inside out is empty and sad. Just disappointing.
Like you told Hunter, the Twitter would-be clones feel DOA. They are echos of an echo -- photos of a photo. But there is no core.
You're a good person and a great writer. (Zoe too...) Keep being cool.
So it seems like you are still at crossroads with Substack as a platform. Post.news also seems to have the same people around the vicinity. Much like Twitter itself.
Do you see any alternative (outside of Fediverse) which is not tainted by the same VCs and individuals who created this mess and are still stoking it for the worse?
I spent the past decade with a (near) daily habit of checking Twitter - while flawed, I still loved it as a (supplemental) part of my news diet.
Elon’s recent attacks on Yoel + former employees this weekend was also my breaking point - I deactivated, and have since been trying to replicate my experience on Mastadon / Post.news.
Thanks for sharing your personal decision-making. It’s validating.
Same story on Discord - I'm subscribed but I'm not sure how to join the Discord. Per the other comment I'll email Casey, but that seems like a roundabout way of getting access.
Noob here - i subscribed earlier this year so missed the initial discord server share out, and can’t seem to find it anywhere :( looking forward to exploring it with y’all!
Can someone explain to me why Post is expected to be any better when it’s funded by the a16z dudes that have all of the same exact takes as Elon?
Why do you anxiously await his next Tweets if he upsets you so much? Serious question. I only see Tweets from people I follow. Does it work differently for you?
Wonderfully written as usual!!! Have you considered getting in touch with these people and writing about how they came to decide to migrate off Twitter?
- Sarah Jessica Parker
- John Green
- Hank Green
- Gigi Hadid
- Whoopi Goldberg
- Mark Ruffalo
- Nilay Patel
- Elton John
- Jim Carrey
- Shonda Rhimes
- Kathy Griffin
- Mark Cuban
- Chasten Buttigieg
- Judd Apatow
- Fmr. Sen. Claire McCaskill
I'm sad that Twitter is dying. All that work gone in a jiffy. I still don't get why Jack Dorsey thought selling Twitter to Elon Musk was a good idea. I'm actually mad that they sold it to him, knowing his history of spreading right-wing rhetoric. All for what? Money? Was it worth it?
I'm glad you're on Platformer and we don't have to find updates of your story on Twitter. Christopher Bouzy (the founder of Bot Sentinel) is asking people to pre-register for Spoutible. Supposed to be an alternative to Twitter: https://preregister.spoutible.com/.
I've signed up to Mastodon, too. Farewell, Twitter, it was good knowing you. I'm gonna miss ya.