In case things go dark...
I hope it says around. Still you've surely turned your five twitter talents into ten. Grateful for your example of goodness and leadership on hard to discuss topics.
I just love you. And I love Twitter. It’s been a really special place for me for all of those reasons you said. I really don’t want it to go away. Also, thanks for tweeting about my book that one time. 🥰 It meant a lot to me. I think you’re pretty amazing and hope to meet you IRL someday. 💗
Twitter's potential demise might be conceptualized as things going dark, but, on the flip side, its demise might be evidence for our need for better light. Twitter set the stage for the drama of humanity's capacity for deception, which is how a wealthy media star with those abilities could so easily cast himself in a major role. Maybe, as a reaction, some social media genius could develop a platform to test our capacity for generosity and lovingkindness.
I joined Twitter when I found out on YouTube that thoughtful people like you hang out there. It’s been only recent for me (1 year) and I can’t believe how much I missed all these years. I hope Twitter is rescued or a similar platform emerges where a similar range of users can share the same space. Twitter demystified journalists & politicians for me. I realised the value of historians, economists, academics & every day people who actively pursue justice because of their lived experience. Will try to follow them in other spaces but I wish this will not be necessary.
I totally get it. I’ll be following on sub stack because we need your voice. Thank you for your work.
I enjoy reading your tweets and your replies to others on that platform. Like you, I'm staying for now, but I realize I may have to leave the music and grab a life jacket.
Here's a life preserver: https://joinmastodon.org/
Please do consider moving over to the fediverse on mastodon - at least setup an account there just in case twitter sinks. It's so much calmer there. No algorithms boosting outrage. Before about 2 weeks ago it was kind of sparse over there as far as who to follow... but now that's changing rapidly as many twitter refugees are showing up. For example L. M. Sacasas of The Convivial Society just popped up over there. It's amazing what Musk has done for Mastodon, it probably would've remained small and relatively insular without his nudging twitter over the cliff. I'm now following many people I used to follow on twitter.
Mastodon is a federated service like email - there is no central control. There are many different servers you can choose from (just like how you can choose from many different email providers and they all just work together). You can choose to move your account to a different server later if you like. Being decentralized makes it difficult for someone like... oh, a billionaire... from taking it over and ruining it.
A bit more info here: https://opensource.com/article/22/11/switch-twitter-mastodon
Thank you for being here. I've learned so much these last few years from so many of whom you are one. I'll stick around on Twitter as long as you and some others do.
Whatever Carpathia is on the way will first ask for your Password and then your credit card. (Is this pessimism or realism.....)