November 1, 2022

Snippet: Mark Zuckerberg Is Going To Kill His Company ☍

Ed Zitron:

I am not saying that Facebook or Instagram will die, but I believe they will become significantly more painful products to use as Zuckerberg gets more desperate. He wants to beat TikTok, but lacks the understanding that TikTok works in part due to an extremely aggressive algorithm, but also because it’s a quick and easy content creation tool that anybody can use, unlike Facebook and Instagram, which are clunky and annoying. They will likely become unpopular, forgotten products – unimaginable even a year ago – that are so desperate to try and trick you into consuming content that they’ve forgotten that real people even use the app.

Snippet: I Don’t Think People Really Want Another Twitter ☍

Matt Birchler:

I know the most likely outcome that we all keep using Twitter the same as we always have, but there is definitely an energy about Twitter lately that has people thinking, “do I even like doing this?” […]

I see more people in direct message chats and Discords these days, and people seem to get energy from them in a way you just don’t from Twitter anymore. Twitter may be a hellscape, but I’m not sure people want to start up another hellscape, just with different ownership.

I’m giving another try and I’m trying to use it in its own way, rather than a Twitter clone and I think that’s going to make it more enjoyable for me. Marshall McLuhan’s words haven’t felt more true.

October 28, 2022

Snippet: Elon Musk Officially Owns Twitter ☍

Amanda Silberling and Taylor Hatmaker for TechCrunch:

It’s for real this time. After months of legal drama, bad memes, and will-they-or-won’t-they-chaos to put your favorite rom-com to shame, Elon Musk has closed his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter. Musk sealed the deal Thursday night, taking Twitter private and ousting a handful of top executives — CEO Parag Agrawal included — in the process. […]

Musk reportedly cleaned house on Thursday, firing CFO Ned Segal, Head of Legal, Policy, and Trust Vijaya Gadde and General Counsel Sean Edgett right out of the gate. Though it’s still an aggressive and abrupt day one move, Agrawal was inevitable given his well-documented clashes and a failed virtual meeting with Musk. It’s also no surprise that Gadde was among the first to go, in spite of being a well-respected figure in the company. Musk previously singled the top executive out with accusations of “left wing bias” over her role in policy decision making at Twitter, driving a wave of racist hate and harassment her way.

Part of me hopes that since Musk likes Twitter, it will be run from a place that users will appreciate. On the other hand, cleaning house on day one and throwing around phrases like “free speech” and “left wing bias” is a bit concerning.

October 27, 2022

Snippet: Twitter is Losing Its Most Active Users ☍

Sheila Dang for Reuters (via Nick Heer):

The reality, according to internal Twitter research seen by Reuters, goes far beyond the handful of examples of celebrities ghosting their own accounts. Twitter is struggling to keep its most active users – who are vital to the business – engaged, underscoring a challenge faced by the Tesla chief executive as he approaches a deadline to close his $44 billion deal to buy the company.

These “heavy tweeters” account for less than 10% of monthly overall users but generate 90% of all tweets and half of global revenue. Heavy tweeters have been in “absolute decline” since the pandemic began, a Twitter researcher wrote in an internal document titled “Where did the Tweeters Go?”

A “heavy tweeter” is defined as someone who logs in to Twitter six or seven days a week and tweets about three to four times a week, the document said.

While I still use Twitter, I don’t enjoy it as much and am far less likely to spend a lot of time on it as in year’s past. It’s almost as if allowing a particular main character (and those like him) who repeatedly violated the rules and made it a toxic place over the last few years drove people away in the long term in favor of engagement in the short term.

Snippet: The Ad Store ☍

Nick Heer:

I am not a business person. I am sure there are fine arguments to be made by armchair CEOs on Twitter about how this is a reasonable decision for bolstering the price of Apple stock or a minor aesthetic grievance for a device that mostly functions the same as it did last week. But I am equally certain a company does not improve customer satisfaction by ensuring no money is left on the table. There is barely competition among airlines, so they all charge you for the privilege of taking clothing to your destination in a suitcase. The lack of choice in operating systems means vendors can increasingly extract money from customers, happiness be damned. What are you going to do — switch to Android and Windows? Good luck.