Anyone use Twitter?

Yeah, I basically never use Twitter already. Deleted my Facebook years ago, after downloading the .zip bundle of everything they had on me. I don't have SnapChat. I have Instagram and Pinterest accounts, but never use them. Really the only thing I social media I use (other than GWJ of course) is Reddit - and that's mostly reading, very rarely posting, and I usually keep it set to a tailored list of non-depressing subReddits. I also don't watch any mainstream news outlets. Enough of the important stuff still bubbles through to me through those avenues, plus actual human interaction for the local stuff.

NSMike wrote:
ruhk wrote:

To each their own. I tried a while back but it made keeping in contact with people and following local stuff a hassle.

I get that. I will stand by the advice to get off Twitter, though. It's very likely most of the people there who were responsible for making sure your data was at least somewhat safe are gone, and not coming back.

I am with Michael. Best thing I have done for my mental health over the last 10 years was to delete social media. It's possible to live without.

SallyNasty wrote:
NSMike wrote:
ruhk wrote:

To each their own. I tried a while back but it made keeping in contact with people and following local stuff a hassle.

I get that. I will stand by the advice to get off Twitter, though. It's very likely most of the people there who were responsible for making sure your data was at least somewhat safe are gone, and not coming back.

I am with Michael. Best thing I have done for my mental health over the last 10 years was to delete social media. It's possible to live without.

GWJ is social media.

Your face is social media!

If Twitter collapses, I'll drag more of my ass back to this site.

I use it so I can swear and be immature.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Twitter may be dying tonight; the reports are at least 75% of their staff have left, badges have stopped working because everybody who knew that system is gone, people were literally stuck in parking garages trying to get out and couldn't and they had to try to find a Sawzall to get them out, and all buildings are at this point shut down.

I was wondering about this, could they have just set the fire alarms off to open the doors?
Or is this just not a feature and if a fire actually broke out they'd be trapped inside a burning building?

Concave wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Twitter may be dying tonight; the reports are at least 75% of their staff have left, badges have stopped working because everybody who knew that system is gone, people were literally stuck in parking garages trying to get out and couldn't and they had to try to find a Sawzall to get them out, and all buildings are at this point shut down.

I was wondering about this, could they have just set the fire alarms off to open the doors?
Or is this just not a feature and if a fire actually broke out they'd be trapped inside a burning building?

I thought the same thing, and after doing some digging, it seems they were only "stuck" in the sense that the little tollbooth arm thingy wouldn't go up so they couldn't get their cars out of the parking garage. In the event of a fire they could've just gotten out of their cars and walked out.

So an annoyance, and another example of staggering incompetence, but not an actual safety hazard.

Is the new Twitter owner trying to create conditions for a legal bankruptcy situation?

This morning I wake up to a Twitter notification. It reads "DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT!"

It turns out this a tweet by something called the Palmer Report - who I don't follow (and only 5 of the people I follow do) that was replying to reporter Maggie Haberman (who I also don't follow and only 22 of the people I follow do). I don't have time to figure out the context of this tweet, nor do I want to.

Why is this tweet deemed worthy to become a notification on my phone? Meanwhile, the official K-pop accounts, Lego builders, and various other gamers and entertainment people who make up the bulk of who I actually follow on twitter have been largely absent from my Twitter feed for a while now. I need to go searching for those tweets (or check Instagram where those sorts of post happily show up).

Tscott wrote:

This morning I wake up to a Twitter notification. It reads "DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT!"

It turns out this a tweet by something called the Palmer Report - who I don't follow (and only 5 of the people I follow do) that was replying to reporter Maggie Haberman (who I also don't follow and only 22 of the people I follow do). I don't have time to figure out the context of this tweet, nor do I want to.

Why is this tweet deemed worthy to become a notification on my phone? Meanwhile, the official K-pop accounts, Lego builders, and various other gamers and entertainment people who make up the bulk of who I actually follow on twitter have been largely absent from my Twitter feed for a while now. I need to go searching for those tweets (or check Instagram where those sorts of post happily show up).

Maybe it was someone working at Twitter who still has a soul?

That's the problem with Twitter "home". It signal boosts tweets from complete strangers. I mean, I just checked Twitter "home" and the very first thing I see is a f*cking tweet from Ben Shapiro calling "Left-wing legacy media" "hacks and liars".

I only use Twitter notifications and Twitter timeline. I see only people I follow, or when those people retweet someone else.

I'm fairly sure I signed up for Mastodon, but it's hard to tell, because, like... what even is it?

Meanwhile I snagged @bcreighton on Hive Social, which seems like a much more direct 1:1 Twitter replacement. It's definitely a little half-baked-- no browser or desktop support, mobile only-- but it does seem to do the only thing I actually want from such a thing, which is to show me posts from accounts I've followed in reverse chronological order.

In both cases the real problem is that it just plain doesn't have a critical mass of people I give a sh*t about following yet, but considering that every time I log into Twitter now I'm vaguely surprised to find it still working, I figure I should have something else set up. If/when it finally dies, we'll see where the chips fall.

My girlfriend got a little misty about seeing it spiraling -- she reminded me that we sort of met on Twitter. She was a fan of my YouTube stuff, recognized me at the Texas State Fair and said hi, I was too much of a distracted idiot to get her number, but she posted "ran into @hbi2k!" on her Twitter which pinged me, I slid into her DMs as the kids say, and the rest is history.

Say what you will about what the platform became and what it's likely to become under Musk, but I bet we're not the only ones with a story like that.

Random thoughts with no particular order or goal
Mastodon I like so far, I miss the width of topics you can read about in twitter but having your timeline be made out of real people it's refreshing. Still, not sure if it will become my twitter off-ramp or if something easier / less attention demanding comes along.

I like Tumblr also but I have no idea how to make use of it, so far it is like talking through a dumb hole and I fear the generation gap is a much more important factor here, can't really understand what to look for or how to approach the "community"

Hive doesn't have a desktop app, there's this "Post" coming up which looks interesting but it's still a closed beta. Tribe I don't know anything about yet

I too have set up accounts with Mastadon (@[email protected]) and Hive (@trachalio), but TBH I'm not sure how much I'll use them. I've been hitting social media fatigue lately and I might just park my name on those services, and never (or rarely) post. Maybe it's time to dig up some old blog ideas and make a new Livejournal or Blogger account?

Trachalio wrote:

I too have set up accounts with Mastadon (@[email protected]) and Hive (@trachalio), but TBH I'm not sure how much I'll use them. I've been hitting social media fatigue lately and I might just park my name on those services, and never (or rarely) post. Maybe it's time to dig up some old blog ideas and make a new Livejournal or Blogger account?

Same boat. I made accounts on both but I'm not sure i'll use either. If I didn't use it for work, I would probably give up on instagram too. I'm down to Reddit and Tik Tok every once in a while. Maybe it is Tumblr's time.