As you may have heard, Twitter is imploding. The impulsive actions of a petulant rich manchild have led to what could be the end or at least the gradual deterioration of my favorite social media website, one that has been a huge benefit to me both personally and professionally despite its
I read another piece from a pop culture critic at NPR several weeks ago who talked about the advent of the online newsletter as another version of the personal blog and being excited to see things come full circle back to more long form interactions. As someone who writes a (mostly) weekly newsletter here on Substack, and who has had a number of different blogs over the years, I’m also excited by the number of people jumping into it. There’s something to be said for a life beyond 180 characters!
Ever since 2018 when I logged off Twitter, I have actually treated some individuals' timelines like newsletters (like Jason!). Having a ton of microblog entries thrown at me seemed to have exacerbated my social media addiction issues, so I have settled back into "one person at a time" reading for years.
And then Twitter decided to stop showing beyond the first three tweets of anyone's timeline for logged out users.
I mean, it was pretty good at breaking what little attachment I had left to the site.
Hi Jason, I watched your interview on the Friends Per Second podcast and after hearing you mention Substack and the opportunities it presents to writers I decided to sign up! I’m someone who loves writing and talking about stuff I’m into, like gaming and hip-hop, and have been thinking about trying to find a way to share that passion with others and maybe build something along the way. Thank you for introducing me to the platform!
Twitter has promoted toxic behavior for over a decade. Sorry you had to deal with so much anti-Semitism on your favorite social media site.
Do you have any other gripes with Mastodon apart from being confusing? I'm trying to find an alternative myself. At first glance it seems pretty good. You get to keep your following/followers even when switching instances, which is a good assurance you can always switch to an instance with sensible rules.