Right now Mastodon *feels* like a silo because there aren’t many people there – so yep, it isn’t a global community. But neither was Twitter at the beginning.
The big room has advantages – you hear interesting voices you otherwise wouldn’t. But we need smaller, special purpose rooms as well. A political conversation between strangers might demand careful moderation, a chat between friends does not.
— Ethan “no blue check before it was cool” Zuckerman (@EthanZ) November 4, 2022
But with a lot of CONTENT products (inc social media) that’s not actually how it works. Because it doesn’t account for sunk-cost lock-in.
Users and readers will stick to what they know, and use, well beyond the point where they START to lose trust in it. And you won’t see that.
— John Bull (@garius) November 3, 2022
just so were all clear, Musk is firing half of Twitter’s staff, including huge swaths of their content moderation capability, four days before opening up identity-confirmation-free verification to the whole website which will happen…the day before a national election.
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) November 4, 2022
Boss M**k has cozied up to Putin, the Saudi royal family, & other wealthy autocrats for months/years. Now he’s torpedoing one of the most robust tools we’ve ever had for calling the emperor naked
& we’re all acting like it’s an accident lmao https://t.co/jXFVnWcJs2
— @email@example.com (@SarahTaber_bww) November 5, 2022
Why would he do this? It makes sense if you want to court a few specific groups: the American right, Beijing, and potentially other American adversaries. /3
— Andrew Gawthorpe (@andygawt) November 4, 2022
the problem with twitter alternatives is they facilitate meaningful discussion when what i want is to feel like an ant surrounded by other terrible little ants
— i n n e s (@innesmck) November 4, 2022
If you want to follow people who are like you or in the same line of work, going to Mastadon or wherever might work, but I’d argue Twitter was great because it threw different people together, celebs included, and collapsed power distance between them, creating a new sociality.
— Mαtt Thomαs (@mattthomas) November 4, 2022