It is incredibly naive to assume that Twitter will be replaced by a “better product”. The company, by itself, has encouraged tons of bots (and automation) which helps to push out negativity. It has become a cesspool of “marketers” and fake accounts that makes it difficult to know about the “real-human” connect.
While extremely naive, the following represents an “ideal way”- not the definitive approach because it is impossible to enforce. One reason is that end-users don’t understand nuances related to protocols.
I think there are 4 parts to finding our way out of this mess with massive social networks:
- Better features
- Open standards: When I first stopped tweeting 6 years ago, it was largely because of the developer-hostile attitude from Twitter. Proprietary APIs reinforce the lock-in with content silos.
- Content ownership: Controlling the writing and photos you post online isn’t about open source or the technical experience to run a server.
- Smaller social networks: Many people are looking for “the next Twitter”, but it’s not enough to replace Twitter with a new platform and new leadership. Some problems are inevitable when power is concentrated in only 2-3 huge social networks — ad-based businesses at odds with user needs and an overwhelming curation challenge.
It was motivated by the news that Twitter was funding a solution to shift to a “decentralised” solution. It is unlikely, but I prefer Gab for that reason though.