Tag: Twitter (page 1 of 13)

Are we really calling it #Elongate?

There’s been a noticeable influx of people to the Fediverse over the last few days due to Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.

What I find really interesting are three things:

  1. Those arriving inevitably compare five year-old, federated, open-source software developed mainly by two people with a fifteen year-old publicly-traded company. The fact that they’re even comparable is frankly amazing, if you think about the money poured into Twitter over the years.
  2. Some people already on the Fediverse seem to think they have to act differently and/or take time to explain all of the things to people arriving from Twitter. I’m not sure that’s necessary. People learn by watching, imitating, and practising.
  3. There’s plenty of people (including me, I guess, to some extent) who are keen to point out that they’ve been around on the Fediverse for quite a while, thank you very much.

There are, of course, many more compatible federated social networks than just Mastodon. Check out fediverse.party!

“Funnily enough one of the reasons I started looking into the decentralized social media space in 2016, which ultimately led me to go on to create Mastodon, were rumours that Twitter, the platform I’d been a daily user of for years at that point, might get sold to another controversial billionaire,” he wrote. “Among, of course, other reasons such as all the terrible product decisions Twitter had been making at that time. And now, it has finally come to pass, and for the same reasons masses of people are coming to Mastodon.”

Source: After Musk’s Twitter takeover, an open-source alternative is ‘exploding’ | Engadget

Get off Twitter if you want to see your friends’ posts

Tyler Freeman wrote a script to analyse the tweets he’s shown in his algorithmic Twitter timeline. 90% of his friends (i.e. the people he chose to follow) never made it to the main feed.

The diagram below shows the 90% in grey, withthe people he follows in orange, strangers are in blue, and ads are pink. This is what happens when you have software with shareholders.

I am following over 2,000 people, so to only see tweets from 10 percent of them is disconcerting; 90 percent of the people I intentionally follow, and want to hear from, are being ignored/hidden from me. When we dig deeper, it gets even worse.


The way I see it, the centralized path via government regulation is a short-term fix which may be necessary given the amount of power our current societal structures allot to social media corporations, but the long-term fix is to put the power into the hands of each user instead—especially considering that centralized power structures are how we got into this mess in the first place. I’m eager to see what this new world of decentralization will bring us, and how it could afford us more agency in how we donate our attention and how we manage our privacy.

Source: Does Twitter’s Algorithm Hate Your Friends? | Nightingale

Twitter autoblock is what you get when you have software with shareholders

I heard from a former colleague that they’d been ‘autoblocked’ on Twitter for responding snarkily to someone. I don’t have an account there any more, so had to look up what they meant.

This kind of algorithmic blocking is the exact opposite of what you’d want from a platform that genuinely cared about human, community-focused interaction. We need to avoid this kind of approach with the Bonfire Zappa project.

It’s the unaccountability of it that gets me. The algorithm is a black box.

Twitter is currently experimenting with a feature called Safety Mode that detects and blocks potentially harmful language or repetitive, unwelcome interactions.

Some things to know about autoblock

  • Autoblocks come from Twitter, not individuals.
  • Autoblocks last for 7 days, but can be undone by the account owner at any time.
  • There’s no limit to how long someone stays in Safety Mode.
  • Just like when someone blocks you, if you’re autoblocked, it won’t be possible to interact with them, see their Tweets, follow them, or send them Direct Messages.
  • Existing replies from autoblocked accounts move to the bottom of the conversation.

Source: About autoblock by Twitter