We are in a post Twitter world. There are amazing people in the Apple community still using it but I think the writing is on the wall. People are leaving and it doesn’t feel the same. For many of us Twitter was Twitter because of the amazing people that were on it if they are gone then Twitter is gone. Becky Hansmeyer has one of my favorite blog posts pointing out what well miss as a community.
Many have been eulogizing Twitter these past couple of weeks, and I don’t have too much to add to what they’ve said. I know Twitter wasn’t great for a lot of people, but it was great for me. Even if we all manage to stay in touch through a hodgepodge of RSS feeds, Mastodon accounts, and Discords, things will never be the same.
And let’s be honest: Twitter was the best way to get Apple-related bugs fixed. Feedback/radar never was, and never will be, as effective as a few frustrated tweets, retweeted into oblivion. How will App Store Review injustices be rectified without us all rallying behind the little dev? In losing Twitter, we lose our ability to publicly shame corporations into doing the right thing…which, obviously, we never should have had to do in the first place.
Another one I really enjoyed is from Brent Simmons.
The internet’s town square should never have been one specific website with its own specific rules and incentives. It should have been, and should be, the web itself.
Having one entity own and police that square could only deform the worldwide conversation, to disastrous ends, even with the smartest and most humane people at work.
Twitter’s new owner is certainly not one of those people. But it doesn’t matter: he unintentionally brought the change that needed to happen, the break in the consensus.