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Twitter has ambitious plans to change the way we tweet by limiting snark and improving the "health" of interactions, but so far it's gone nowhere

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    tindall Link
    It's fundamentally impossible for a single entity to provide a workable discussion platform to a group as large as the Twitter userbase. They'll always be too restrictive for some or and not do a...

    It's fundamentally impossible for a single entity to provide a workable discussion platform to a group as large as the Twitter userbase. They'll always be too restrictive for some or and not do a good enough job protecting others.

    Federated, decentralized social media is the only solution.

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      The_Fad (edited ) Link Parent
      My inner anarchist screams at me about my personal privacy when I think about that. I haven't delved into the topic enough to have formed an actual, defensible opinion on it, that's just my...

      My inner anarchist screams at me about my personal privacy when I think about that. I haven't delved into the topic enough to have formed an actual, defensible opinion on it, that's just my kneejerk reaction.

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        tindall Link Parent
        How so? Federated social media requires much less trust than centralized social media. Specifically, it requires the same level of trust in a few individuals who you get to pick (or you can be...

        My inner anarchist screams at me about my personal privacy when I think about that.

        How so? Federated social media requires much less trust than centralized social media. Specifically, it requires the same level of trust in a few individuals who you get to pick (or you can be those individuals, if you run your own instance), and a much lower level of trust in everyone else.

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          The_Fad (edited ) Link Parent
          It's less a matter of quantity and more a matter of "quality", so to speak. I find it much more disconcerting having a few people who are very powerful get to decide what to do with my information...

          It's less a matter of quantity and more a matter of "quality", so to speak. I find it much more disconcerting having a few people who are very powerful get to decide what to do with my information than potentially many with basically no power.

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            tindall Link Parent
            I think this reflects an inaccurate understanding of how federated social media works. What's your threat model?

            I think this reflects an inaccurate understanding of how federated social media works. What's your threat model?

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              The_Fad Link Parent
              Please see my original statement: "I haven't delved into the topic enough to have formed an actual, defensible opinion on it, that's just my kneejerk reaction."

              Please see my original statement:

              "I haven't delved into the topic enough to have formed an actual, defensible opinion on it, that's just my kneejerk reaction."

              1. tindall Link Parent
                Fair enough! I'm just interested in why it's your kneejerk reaction, because I want to know how to better communicate about the concept to others.

                Fair enough! I'm just interested in why it's your kneejerk reaction, because I want to know how to better communicate about the concept to others.

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  2. Eva Link
    Twitter is such a fantastic platform—I really wish they'd stop trying to mess with it.

    Twitter is such a fantastic platform—I really wish they'd stop trying to mess with it.

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    Nivlak Link
    I do not actually use Twitter. Can anyone give me their overall impression of twitter and how big a role it plays in society?

    I do not actually use Twitter. Can anyone give me their overall impression of twitter and how big a role it plays in society?

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      TheJorro Link Parent
      You're asking for a book-length essay with such a question. Multiple really, I'm sure this era of social media platforms will be a whole field of study at some point in the future. Suffice to say,...

      You're asking for a book-length essay with such a question. Multiple really, I'm sure this era of social media platforms will be a whole field of study at some point in the future.

      Suffice to say, it seems like Twitter has an overwhelmingly huge hand in society, considering how many information articles are based on Twitter these days, and how reliant it seems most people are on it for information delivery, and reader responses to that information. There are always a bunch of articles popping up in every feed that are based entirely on Twitter posts.

      And then there's the whole thing about the POTUS basically using Twitter as his megaphone to the world, as news media hangs on every single character of his tweets that he vomits out onto the platform.

      7 votes
      1. ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
        There's also the fact that false-information tweets may cause a huge panic in an unfolding, dangerous situation. The Boston marathom bomber was misidentified by Reddit, and the wrong name was...

        There's also the fact that false-information tweets may cause a huge panic in an unfolding, dangerous situation. The Boston marathom bomber was misidentified by Reddit, and the wrong name was spread by a handfulf of ever-increasing subscriber-count accounts. (I believe there were other cases, but no single one springs to mind.)

        3 votes