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.)