I have increasingly focused on the “demise” of social media and bunching together some links. The inevitable demise of Twitter as a “public square” and “democracy”, though exaggerated, but it is clear to the “heavy hitters” (and fence sitters) that Twitter had no longer served their interests.
I have automated my account there; all blog posts are auto-posted there. I use IFTTT extensively to re-post content, just to keep the account alive. It is taking considerable effort, but I am getting the people on Telegram whose work I identify with.
Jack Dorsey had an open post (surprisingly not a Twitter thread) on Revue. I don’t agree with his assertions on Web 3.0, but he has money to make his “dreams come true”. I have included a screenshot from his post, because Revue is getting shut down!
One day after Jack Dorsey took to Revue to share his thoughts on the Twitter Files, the company announced it would shut down the newsletter platform early next year. “From January 18th, 2023, it will no longer be possible to access your Revue account,” Revue said on Wednesday. “On that date, Revue will shut down and all data will be deleted.”
Twitter bought Revue at the start of 2021. At the time, the company argued the acquisition was a natural expansion of its platform. And for a while, it had a point since paid newsletters were all the rage last year. Following the purchase, Twitter moved to quickly integrate the two platforms closer together. At first, the company added Revue signup buttons to Twitter profiles. A month later, it rolled out a feature that allowed users to sign up for Revue newsletters directly from tweets.
I feel sad for the services being shut; it impacts the employees, and the content on these platforms gets lost.
If you are generating content on Twitter, whose purpose is being served?