Here's an article about fun bot makers leaving Twitter. Both @aparrish and I are interviewed in it. https://slate.com/technology/2018/08/twitters-new-developer-guidelines-might-end-fun-bot-accounts.html
Social media isn’t changing. It _has_ changed. Companies are scrambling to adapt, but they can’t do so effectively because they didn’t anticipate people just doing their own thing. So they're doubling down on what got them to where they are, which ironically is the same thing that is killing them.
We can have our own social media experience. We do not need any of these places for anything.
This idea is just taking time to disseminate into the larger internet consciouness.
But it’s happening.
I think the idea that a new Mastodon user is supposed to pick an instance based on affinity/interest is the number one thing that prevents people from joining. I think there needs to be a retooling of the messaging to make it about trust.
People don't join email services because of affinity. They do because they trust. They trust Google will be around for a long time. Or that hushmail won't sell their data. Or that Hotmail is easy to use. Etc etc.
Welcome new people! We're so excited you are here!
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