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Are you going to keep using Twitter now that Elon Musk has purchased it?

HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Esq.Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
Good morning! It's a cloudy day here where I live in the far-off futuristic year of 2022, and a notoriously rich internet shitposter has just purchased the digital platform from which he assails our collective psyches with his trademark pablum.

Twitter has become, for better or worse, something akin to the bulletin board of the world, and use of it is basically inescapable if you're an employee of the Attention (or Entertainment) Economy. It's also home to pretty much every single one of the world's official brand accounts, reporting agencies big and small (as well as individual/independent reporters who put in the work), the propaganda offices of various governments, a poster who tracks the movements of the aforementioned Rich Shitposter's private plane, and dril. Suffice it to say, whether anyone likes it or not, Twitter has become pretty important in matters of staying informed about current events, which you would think would lend it to becoming a public utility, but I guess not!

I don't know about y'all, but this doesn't really feel like the cool and sleek cyberpunk dystopia I was promised by Gibson and Stephenson; it feels like a shitty rough approximation of their works, observed through a filter of abject dreck as conjured by a 4chan poster during a particularly lucid fever dream after huffing too much epoxy fumes and chugging caffeinated Gamer Girl Bath Water. Can't say I'm a fan.

Are you going to keep using Twitter now that Elon Musk has purchased it? 161 votes

Yes
16%
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No
27%
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Maybe?
12%
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A combination of the previous options, arranged to fit my lifestyle and level of desired engagement
43%
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  • I needed a gnome to post.I needed a gnome to post. boom Registered User regular
    do I think musk buying twitter will make twitter get noticeably worse faster than it already is? not really

    but it is making people who think the babylon bee is funny happy and I do hate to see that

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  • HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Esq. Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    Unban Italian Elon Musk you cowards!

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  • GvzbgulGvzbgul Registered User regular
    Yes
    Oh no, a billionaire bought twitter from the other billionaires. New boss, same as the old boss.

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  • astrobstrdastrobstrd So full of mercy... Registered User regular
    Maybe?
    I already use it much less than I did a year ago, but it's sadly still probably the best way to promote my dumb podcast.

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  • LarsLars Registered User regular
    I don't have a Twitter account and can't remember if I ever tried to use the site in the first place.

    I don't plan to start now.

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  • PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    No
    I deactivated my account and deleted the links. I'm done with new Truth Social, and he loses if enough me's leave. It sucks I had a nice community of like minded people who helped each other, but I'm not helping him rehab Trump.

    I would like some money because these are artisanal nuggets of wisdom philistine.

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  • TallahasseerielTallahasseeriel Registered User regular
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    I'm not a huge tweeter anyway

  • expendableexpendable Silly Goose Registered User regular
    No
    I don't have a tweeter account, so I will continue that trend.

    He's gonna demand Trump be unbanned though is my prediction.

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  • CelloCello Registered User regular
    No
    I haven't directly used Twitter aside from maintaining an account in 2017ish that was primarily a news aggregator that stressed me the fuck out, and then deleted it when I realized it was making me angry about dumb shit every day.

    I have since mostly reduced my use of it to reading several reliable journalist/leftist accounts to keep informed on local covid stuff/US and Canada news, but realized recently that doomscrolling was making me tense up and contributing to my depression in a notable way (I'd be bummed and anxious after catching up in a way where I could physically feel the decline, but still found reading it addictive when I'd have little gaps in my schedule to fill). I had debated making an account recently to keep up with forumers and make Dumb Bits happen, but this news kinda puts a hole in that, and I think it'd just encourage me to doomscroll again if I opted to do that anyway

    I was on Day 4 of a streak of not using it when this news was announced and I broke it to get the news and two (2) takes and then immediately bounced, gonna see how long I can go without visiting it (direct links from friends and the forums excepted). Trying to play little text games like the VTM ones when I have those time gaps instead.

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  • LanzLanz Registered User regular
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    Hacksaw wrote: »
    Unban Italian Elon Musk you cowards!

    Another has Risen to meet the Challenge of the Day

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    Yes
    I have to use it for work, for one. On another front...I suppose we'll see if this makes things worse than they already are, first. It was already pretty fucked with its current, quieter cadre of rich assholes running it.

  • PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    No
    expendable wrote: »
    I don't have a tweeter account, so I will continue that trend.

    He's gonna demand Trump be unbanned though is my prediction.

    Not demand he'll just do it, he owns twitter. I'm sure he's on the way to Mar Lago to do a whole showy event right now.

    According to sources this was helped along the way by house republican members saying they'll investigate twitter when they get back in charge. So you know governmental interference in a companies dealings just like the disney shit.

    I would like some money because these are artisanal nuggets of wisdom philistine.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
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    DJ Eebs wrote: »
    I have to use it for work, for one. On another front...I suppose we'll see if this makes things worse than they already are, first. It was already pretty fucked with its current, quieter cadre of rich assholes running it.

    If he unbans trump then yes, it's worse.

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  • CarpyCarpy Registered User regular
    edited April 25
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    I can't imagine anything changes immediately for me. I don't tweet and just use Twitter as a highly curated feed to follow the work of various writers/artists/comedians/pod casts and whatnot that I follow.

    Carpy on
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  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    Yes
    It's how I follow a lot of smaller comedians, so yes

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    A combination of the previous options, arranged to fit my lifestyle and level of desired engagement
    Hacksaw wrote: »
    Unban Italian Elon Musk you cowards!

    we are all italian elon musk, we buy-a the website, we silence-a the criticism, oh!

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  • CelloCello Registered User regular
    No
    DJ Eebs wrote: »
    I have to use it for work, for one. On another front...I suppose we'll see if this makes things worse than they already are, first. It was already pretty fucked with its current, quieter cadre of rich assholes running it.

    This is my Facebook problem

    Would love to quit it, but there is a substantial population of Boomer Dog People on there so I need to be able to run the company account

    Though the last time we ran ads there was a notable drop in clicks/views/etc on a similar budget than when we ran ads in 2020, so maybe the platform will die sooner than later and I can just fuckin' stop

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  • LanzLanz Registered User regular
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    Remember folks

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  • TransporterTransporter Registered User regular
    The most I see of Twitter is literally on two places. Discord, and this very forum.

    I don’t have a twitter, but I’m exposed to it every day, and I’m not really looking forward to Twitter but with more Trump and Nazi’s and people’s UNENDING HUNGER to post those tweets to every possible place.

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  • HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Esq. Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    astrobstrd wrote: »

    He is still extremely mad that Chelsea Manning is canoodling with his ex, and honestly that's the only thing about this that makes me feel anything even close to the emotion one might call """Joy"""

  • PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    No
    DJ Eebs wrote: »
    I have to use it for work, for one. On another front...I suppose we'll see if this makes things worse than they already are, first. It was already pretty fucked with its current, quieter cadre of rich assholes running it.

    If he unbans trump then yes, it's worse.

    And it won't just be Trump, it'll be the whole oeuvre of anti vax, bigots, and insurrectionists. I imagine we'll have a boiling frog situation. They'll start with Trump and then quietly let every alex jones nut job back on the platform.

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  • LanzLanz Registered User regular
    edited April 25
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    astrobstrd wrote: »

    Man gets divorced, ex-wife moves on with a woman more historically important than he could ever be, man buys social networking hub instead of getting therapy

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  • StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    Yes
    Provisional yes

    I mean, I'm on Twitter because it's the best way to maintain certain social and parasocial relationships

    If it stops being that, then I'll probably leave, or at least use it a lot less? But even that I suspect would be more likely to be splintering into a hundred unusable Discord servers, which might just leave me on Twitter regardless

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  • LanzLanz Registered User regular
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    Hacksaw wrote: »
    astrobstrd wrote: »

    He is still extremely mad that Chelsea Manning is canoodling with his ex, and honestly that's the only thing about this that makes me feel anything even close to the emotion one might call """Joy"""

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    Maybe?
    I’ll basically land wherever Mina Kimes* lands

    *using Mina to represent “good Twitter”

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  • PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    No
    I'll wait for whatever platform has a lot of my faves land on it, and then move to that, or nothing. I'm a hermit I can go back to hermitry. Well aside from this site as my length of time here denotes.

    I would like some money because these are artisanal nuggets of wisdom philistine.

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  • I needed a gnome to post.I needed a gnome to post. boom Registered User regular
    as a minority on twitter a lot of reactions to this have looked very "oh you have no idea what this hellsite is actually like huh"

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
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    Trump already gets megaphones from the media for his dumb shit so all him coming back to Twitter would do is let people post his tweets on this forum again.

    Though I think the moderation team might have opinions on letting that be an option

  • CoinageCoinage Heaviside LayerRegistered User regular
    Why would I ever tweet?

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  • durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    No
    It's a good excuse to stop interacting with something that basically replaces reading books or playing games with reading a sort of generalized smear of "hey, shit's going poorly".

    I never actually set up an account, I'd just read lists and particular people I liked, but I'm taking this as a sign to just try reading a fun book instead of seeing if someone came up with a good joke about the asteroid that's about to annihilate us.

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  • PaperLuigi44PaperLuigi44 My amazement is at maximum capacity. Registered User regular
    as a minority on twitter a lot of reactions to this have looked very "oh you have no idea what this hellsite is actually like huh"

    Yeah I don't claim to know the full extent of how awful it is, but what I have seen I can't adequately put into words.

  • Kevin CristKevin Crist I make the devil hit his knees and say the 'our father'Registered User regular
    I dont tweet all that often and I just mostly retweet/like stuff. I'll still follow people I'm following a block the shitheads.

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  • Styrofoam SammichStyrofoam Sammich WANT. normal (not weird)Registered User regular
    Yes
    Anything good for Babylon Bee is bad

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  • LanzLanz Registered User regular
    edited April 25
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    Musk's Twitter deal math is sketchy -- he's going to saddle it with billions of dollars of debt, possibly suffocating it.

    More important: He isn't up to the task of running a social media company in an era of dangerous and divisive viral propaganda.

    Twitter will have about $1 billion in interest payments due annually after this buyout -- and its cash flows are projected to be about $1.43 billion this year and $1.85 billion in 2023. So debt payments will consume a huge chunk of Twitter’s cash.

    Seems bad!

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  • MagellMagell Sphinx! Parts UnknownRegistered User regular
    Yes
    Your time on twitter is much improved by blocking and muting people and words and being aggressive about it. I'm on twitter for fun I don't need people being dicks to me.

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
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    I once upon a time lurked in 4chan's /b/ back when it was still young. It was definitely a place for free speech, to the point where you were free to say whatever you wanted and a shitload of disgusting individuals were free to relentlessly dogpile you on and off the site. Only if someone tried to push back on he depraved stuff though, however small a pushback it was, until they were silenced beneath the cretins.

    That's what a "free speech" absolutist Twitter is going to resemble.

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  • Styrofoam SammichStyrofoam Sammich WANT. normal (not weird)Registered User regular
    Yes
    Buying out a company then having the company pay the loan seems so fucking gross at this scale.

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  • Styrofoam SammichStyrofoam Sammich WANT. normal (not weird)Registered User regular
    Yes
    Madican wrote: »
    I once upon a time lurked in 4chan's /b/ back when it was still young. It was definitely a place for free speech, to the point where you were free to say whatever you wanted and a shitload of disgusting individuals were free to relentlessly dogpile you on and off the site. Only if someone tried to push back on he depraved stuff though, however small a pushback it was, until they were silenced beneath the cretins.

    That's what a "free speech" absolutist Twitter is going to resemble.

    We'll find out how free speech it is next time theres a left wing populist running for president

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  • StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    Yes
    Madican wrote: »
    I once upon a time lurked in 4chan's /b/ back when it was still young. It was definitely a place for free speech, to the point where you were free to say whatever you wanted and a shitload of disgusting individuals were free to relentlessly dogpile you on and off the site. Only if someone tried to push back on he depraved stuff though, however small a pushback it was, until they were silenced beneath the cretins.

    That's what a "free speech" absolutist Twitter is going to resemble.

    Yeah but that's kind of already Twitter

    It's not like they've previously had good mechanisms for reporting hate speech that they would readily act on

    It's not like the systems they have aren't regularly used to harass people, particularly marginalized people

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