Buncha twits

Francis Turner is not really concerned that one of his Twitter accounts has been in suspension for a long, long time:

Twit something that some offendapotamus can find “problematic” and you can lose your job and your friends in the resulting pile-on and hysteria. Worse these days you can lose your job/friends etc. because someone dug up something you twitted years ago and forgot about.

It would be OK if Twitter had some positive values but it doesn’t. It isn’t a place for cute cat videos. The Tweets that aren’t political all seem to be marketing based and who needs to know that Company X has just launched product Y at trade-show Z? Aside from anything else they are sure to have made that announcement at LinkedIn and probably other places too.

If there’s a upside to all this, it is that people are noticing. With luck enough advertisers will stop using the platform to make it lose money and it will fold. An ending to be devoutly hoped for in my opinion.

Truth be told, I never understood how the place ever made a dime in the first place, and technical support borders on nonexistent. Then again, the people crying loudest for support are looking for the emotional variety, and it always sounds like “Mom! He hit me back!”

(Via Sarah Hoyt.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    13 March 2019 · 12:09 pm

    I would say that being a place for cute cat videos is a positive thing.

    I dunno. My standard comment is that if one mutes (and heck, maybe blocks) judiciously, and is careful about the follower list,* it doesn’t have to be awful.

    And really, for me? It’s about the only way I get anything like water-cooler conversation. I’d have to talk to myself at work otherwise and that’s probably not good either.

    So I am kinda not here for the “G*d, I wish twitter would just FAIL already” brigade. I’m not going to Facebook if it dies; Facebook feels too much like the popular-girls’ table in the lunchroom and I know I’d not fit in, and Discord seems like it’s too wild-westy…

    (*And I have a “locked” account where people must ask to be let into my tweetstream, though that’s as much to avoid the randos who look for keywords so they can “well, actually” people as anything…though I initially did it because the thought of a student maybe following me scared me)

  2. McGehee »

    13 March 2019 · 1:46 pm

    Mrs. McG gets her cute cat (puppy… giraffe…) videos via Facebook, but she also has a toxic former co-worker on her euphemism list (Facebook calls them “friends”) that she claims she keeps around just to keep an eye on him.

    I dunno. I quit Facebook three or four times before it took. I quit Twitter seven or eight times before I stopped going back. I’m currently on hiatus even from Disqus because it got to be too much like Twitter. I may go back someday, or not.

    Charles may remember a time during my blogging huh-day (I never quite had a heyday) when I used the category “media ochre” for media in general. Social media strikes me as like that, only more so.

  3. CGHill »

    13 March 2019 · 6:09 pm

    And more so every day.

    Just got off Y!A, where people are actually panicking over Facebook being down.

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