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By Matt Birchler
I've been writing here since 2010! Back when personal blogs were all the rage. Kids, ask your parents.

I Don’t Think People Really Want Another Twitter

I know the most likely outcome that we all keep using Twitter the same as we always have, but there is definitely an energy about Twitter lately that has people thinking, “do I even like doing this?”

Yes, Mastodon seems the most viable direct alternative now, but I don’t see much there (“oh you’re on Mastodon, but you’re on the wrong one, so you need to make another account and follow me over on this other one, my username is @[email protected], why do people think this is weird?” but I wonder if people really want to join another Twitter-like thing these days.

I see more people in direct message chats and Discords these days, and people seem to get energy from them in a way you just don’t from Twitter anymore. Twitter may be a hellscape, but I’m not sure people want to start up another hellscape, just with different ownership.

Save this link for a year from now when I’m pushing you to my Mastodon or my App.net 2.0 profiles, I’m just not sure the next place we all talk is something that looks like Twitter.

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Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love.

Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love. You can also check out my side projects, Quick Reviews and Quick BIN Lookup.