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I have theories on this, none of them nice, all of them starting at 'dark and depressing' and verging into 'spitefully cynical'. I want to be wrong, I just don't think I am.

In 'happier' news, there are now view counts on Tweets. Anecdata so far suggests these are mostly nonsense.
 

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I'm happy to hear those theories if you'd like to share. Perhaps in private if you're not happy to here.
 

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Just read the article on Twitter removing the suicide prevention links. I'd also like an explanation, though my imagination has already taken me to places and reasons for the removal that are concerning. Does Musk not know about all of the live "on video" suicides FB has had? I'm going to just add, I'm perplexed for now.
 

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My theories begin in places where Musk would be quite tolerant of people committing suicide on the position that only weak people do such things (not true) and the sort of audience he wants wouldn't do that, with a stop-over in 'well, that means fewer people who would disagree with his definition of freedom', and into 'we're going to turn this into a literal hellscape to keep monetising the kinds of views Musk likes and this is just yet one more way to drive publicity because no bad publicity'.
 

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I assume Musk thinks like that. It would fit his general pattern of narcissism.

On a broader point, I've been wondering just how much of Twitter's design really causes bad things to escalate by way of 'you see something on a timeline, you respond to it with a put-down, now everyone else you know can see both it and your reply'.

It's almost like you need some kind of way of reinforcing positive loops and disincentivising negative feedback loops - something that the current networks thrive on...
 

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I assume Musk thinks like that. It would fit his general pattern of narcissism.

On a broader point, I've been wondering just how much of Twitter's design really causes bad things to escalate by way of 'you see something on a timeline, you respond to it with a put-down, now everyone else you know can see both it and your reply'.

It's almost like you need some kind of way of reinforcing positive loops and disincentivising negative feedback loops - something that the current networks thrive on...
Facebook by comparison was proven to create conflict, especially the genocide in Myanmar. Twitter I've always associated from that same era (2010-2012) with the psuedo-reliable status emphasis. A lot of the problem with it is pure propaganda.
 

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Twitter news seems to have gone quiet recently. I wonder what's happening there.

Also, Trump still hasn't posted there since being reinstated, so I think he meant it when he said he wouldn't. Apparently, he could be sued by the investors of Truth Social if he did as it would take attention away from it and hence devalue it.
 

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Musk is keeping his head down since Andrew Tate, plus dealing with Tesla stock, and raising the price of Twitter Blue but one presumes he’s off trying to find someone to offload the CEO role onto.
 

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I'm still seeing news on "twitter-files" being unloaded, like some were the other day on Adam Schiff and his censorship. As with any form of shock, as it continues, your shock wains and you just expect it....that's kind of where I'm at with Twitter now. Fascinated in the beginning but a bit of "yawn" is creeping in.

Interesting knowing the background of Trump's real reason for not going back to Twitter at all fearing a lawsuit.

Tesla's declining stock performance has been interesting. I'm watching for the bounce back and what trigger's it.
 

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It has sort of stabilised but it’s still a long way from where it was a few months ago.

As for Truth Social… it’s a mess, and I could imagine just the whole else of Trump not going near Twitter because he tried to build his own and it hasn’t exactly worked out for him. Another big ol’ L right there.
 

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Looks like Musk is driving Twitter into the ground even faster than I expected, since it might go into bankruptcy soon. Just how big is the debt for just the interest to be $300 million?!

Still, I can't actually see it going bust and offline as it's just too entrenched into modern culture. Someone will save it, somehow.

 

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Well, part of the problem is that he leveraged a lot of high-interest debt to fund his ridiculous offer, and the other part of the problem is that his 'free speech' antics drove away the majority of the high-paying advertisers...

I seem to recall figures of $1bn/year in interest repayments. We're 3 months in so 1/4 of that is now due, so yeah...
 

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This was too good not to share. Genius. (Though I don't know why it's so big....)

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(I was going to make a new article or page for this but I know people are just as likely to see this)

Twitter has a stealth update where you can send "public" messages, except can only be answered by a select circle called the "Twitter Circle". This is creating safe spaces for incredibly harmful people. Is obviously banking on rich people creating more closed-yet-public dialogue.
I'm taking advantage of this obviously conservative policy by using it in reverse, sending messages to my favourite Twitter people and only including them in the circle, as direct chatting with celebrities doesn't work well for Elon.
 
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