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2022-11-18 (Friday)


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    @rasmus_kaj @simonw I didn’t say it wasn’t.

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    @simonw I think the flaw in this analogy is that the alternative to making yourself get to grips with a weird and unfamiliar fishing boat, is to not go across the Channel at all, safe in the knowledge that actually no one will die. Plus, you’ll have more time to do other things.

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    @simonw Also “First choose an instance” is obviously a huge hurdle. Having “First pick one of these things you don’t yet fully understand based on not enough information” is not the ideal start to a sign up flow.

    I know why it’s there but you can’t dismiss most people being turned off.

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    @simonw I think you’re dismissing how difficult many people find any change of UI. In some ways it’s even harder when something is “a bit like” something else but is fundamentally different. And saying “It’s like email except…” or “It’s like blogs except…” doesn’t always help.

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    @felixthehat At the moment I’m using Toot! on iOS, but there doesn’t seem to be that much difference between it and the official client or Metatext (the only others I’ve tried). Haven’t looked for a macOS client - I just use the web.

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    @knotnicky I’m going to have nightmares.

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    @jkottke Yeah, I can’t see it vanishing forever.* But I feel a strong sense of “just in case”.

    * NB: I am usually wrong.

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  • philgyford’s avatar

    @samuelpepys First time I've ever broken the fourth wall there. What a mess. Thanks Noel.

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  • revdancatt’s avatar

    Of course I decided to set up my newsletter so I could keep in contact with people without needing social media.

    With Revue…

    Which got bought by twitter. So that's going well!

  • jenniferdaniel’s avatar

    Exhausted thinking about having to reblock all the annoying people I've landscaped out of my life for the past fifteen years on another social network 😮‍💨

  • falcennial’s avatar

    whomever tweeted "fragile narcissist buys criticism factory" I want u to know I remember these words and laugh every day

  • JimmySecUK’s avatar

    People keep talking about the "greatest ever tweet", and so far they're all wrong. There's only one candidate, and it isn't even close.

  • MosquitoCapital’s avatar

    I've seen a lot of people asking "why does everyone think Twitter is doomed?"

    As an SRE and sysadmin with 10+ years of industry experience, I wanted to write up a few scenarios that are real threats to the integrity of the bird site over the coming weeks.

  • matthewbate’s avatar

    @philgyford @samuelpepys Thank you for doing it. I have missed him.

  • genmon’s avatar

    Help I’m trapped inside a future business school case study