Twitter was not bad because "hashtags this" or "trends that". Twitter was bad because:
2. They forced you to ID yourself with a phone number.
3. They hand your data to third party companies.
4. Most governments were using it to ID people saying bad things about them.
5. Ads and corporative campaigns.
@robots All users in one place is also not a very good idea. I know I can see and communicate with everyone from other instances here as well, but with different instances and different themes you do get the chance to shield yourself from things you're not interested in.
If I follow a person from a Linux theme instance, I know what to expect. On Twitter you could follow some developer and suddenly see some serious talk about politics.
@devnull @robots also the way the platform is built can encourage a specific culture. example: if twitter hadn't added like/rt/reply counters, then it wouldn't have become a cesspool of "viral content". if twitter hadn't allowed for full-text search, then people wouldn't constantly namesearch for anyone saying stuff about them. if twitter hadn't added quote tweets, people wouldn't be so compelled to publicly dunk on everything
@robots @vantablack actually twitter is bad because it won't deal with abuse at all and it became a toxic performative sensationalist quagmire that focused on trends and moments to the detriment of wholesome conversation
2 is a management decision, 3 and 4 are public information, 1 and 5 are merely side effects of the profit motive
Twitter is the perfect platform for making a daily Faustian bargain between medium and message, philosophy and the one-liner. It is where we anatomize our self-inflicted agonies to paint exquisite spectacles of fetishes instead of sounding out some presumed truth.
A tweet begins with an opinion and ends in chains to a point of view. Twitter is a prison of opinions serving life sentences.
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@rick_777 You will find your answer to that question if you read this article: https://gitlab.com/enigmatico/enigmatico-md-articles/blob/master/About%20my%20mastodon%20post.md
@louis Thats right, but that was not the point of this thread...