Some folks don’t seem to be happy that Twitter is now a walled garden, where you have to be logged in to see Tweets.
This is a good thing, isn’t it? Tweets will vanish from the search engines, and Elon Musk’s desire to build a right-wing disinformation network to further his own beliefs (and those of the likes of Peter Thiel) can be an echo chamber.
But public entities are on it, people say.
Well, maybe they shouldn’t be.
Or, they should put more effort into their own web presences. Alternatively, governments can combine a whole bunch of departments into a single fediverse server that’s open to citizens to see.
To media and journalists who are on it, I offer the same advice. What was the point of staying on a platform whose proprietor has expressed disdain for us? Whose press department is only capable of responding with poop emojis? He mocks every journalist, yet so many continued to fund him by providing free content.
Follower numbers on these big sites are meaningless if engagement is low, and the fediverse’s, while not as lively as it was at the end of 2022 for me, still nets me more notifications than anything on Big Tech once did.
Twitter, or, as I call it, OnlyKlans, is the sort of place whose numbers will be propped up by bots who are running rampant without a trust team to take them out—ironically one of Musk’s own expressed concerns prior to his acquisition of the website. Facebook has been running bogus numbers for years, from what I can tell.
The sun is setting on Big Social and it’s about time, too. Those of us on the side of good will be happy to put our brains together and create things that are far better, and far fairer, for humanity.