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in: Hammer; Hammer > 2022-10-27

Oct 28, 2022 3:38 AM # 
Ugh. I'm not looking forward to seeing what changes he makes. It would be a shame to have to leave and lose the good things on Twitter.
Oct 28, 2022 3:50 AM # 
yeah i agree. it is a such a great platform for promoting early career researchers and students in the lab. for example, this article only happened because of some promo tweets
Oct 28, 2022 2:26 PM # 
Five academics I follow have announced they are leaving Twitter today
Oct 28, 2022 2:28 PM # 
:( I guess the interesting question is which platform will become the new online meeting place for academics and physicians. I hope civilians will be able to follow the discussions as well.
Oct 28, 2022 2:39 PM # 
I suspect there is an opportunity here for people to create a new not for profit sci comm platform though I've seen some people talking about going back to list serv. Yuck.

Apparently Mastadon is having a lot of former twitter followers moving their way but it looks clunky.

I deleted my LInkedIn account a few days ago though it takes several weeks to go into effect (not sure why). It is an important platform for people getting into work force but I find it a PITA.
Oct 28, 2022 3:31 PM # 
Beaverton always gets it right
Oct 28, 2022 4:50 PM # 
I've always thought academics were some of the best on Twitter as a means to speak directly to the public, no department captured it better than Economics profs (esp energy/climate ones).

For Musk and twitter, I'll continue to quote William Goldman: nobody knows anything.

Derek Thompson of the Atlantic and Ringer had a good piece in the spring on Musk (some of this is dated):
Thompson predicts Musk will fail with Twitter. Musk is great with cars and rockets, but with Twitter, the product is people and people are impossible.

But, after next Wed, this isn't my file! (changing jobs)
Oct 29, 2022 2:45 AM # 
Jack Dorsey is launching his open bluesky to beta testing.
Oct 30, 2022 3:37 AM # 
Musk and Twitter have something to do with your job, Nev?
Oct 30, 2022 2:37 PM # 
My job the last 5 years has been VP Policy for Canada's tech industry association. Twitter is a member (fairly quiet) but who owns them doesn't really matter.
But, changing jobs in Nov!
Oct 30, 2022 3:53 PM # 
changing jobs
You spelled 'selling out' wrong
Oct 30, 2022 10:47 PM # 
Nev, I really think it does matter who owns Twitter. The hate groups have already ramped up their language to see if the new owner would respond. ie to see what they could get away with.

Here is an interesting take for staying on twitter (for now).
Oct 31, 2022 4:34 AM # 
Ah, I wouldn't have thought of Twitter being a member but that makes sense. What's the new job? Anvil dropped a big hint.

P.S. Agreed, Hammer.
Nov 1, 2022 10:33 PM # 
a good podcast about past and future of twitter
Nov 4, 2022 12:45 PM # 
My contact at Twitter was just fired, Director of Policy for North America:
Nov 5, 2022 12:41 PM # 
sorry to hear that Nev.

good thread on how to move to mastadon.
I opened a mastadon account earlier this week.
Nov 9, 2022 3:45 PM # 
Trevor Noah has got it right.
Nov 9, 2022 5:27 PM # 
Nov 11, 2022 11:54 PM # 
The “genius”‘really isn’t a genius after all.

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