Never Tweet

… the tide of Twitter umbrage narrows one’s gaze and discourages empathy. There’s never any time to wait to get out your take: fear of missing out, which is Twitter’s primary sensibility, requires that everyone offer an opinion before much is known — because by the time more is known, Twitter will already have moved on to something else.

—New York Times, in ‘Opinion | Never Tweet


This also neatly summarises one of the many reasons I left Twitter.

Brad Feld (and me) on Twitter & Facebook

I never really got Facebook, so I was a Twitter guy, but since mid-2016 engaging with Twitter has simply made me anxious, upset, jangly, and distracted.

—Brad Feld in Relentlessly Turning Input Knobs To 0

I couldn’t have put my feelings about FB & TW more concisely.

Twitter’s product innovation hurdle

 

Since its founding, Twitter has made a religion of listening to users. After all, they came up with some of the company’s best ideas — including the hashtag, reply and retweet. After the flow of good ideas from users stopped, Twitter was hard-pressed to come up with its own.

Bloomberg: Why Twitter Can’t Pull the Trigger on New Products

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Attention monopolies

The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, … was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?

Sean Parker, ex President at Facebook

Facebook, the almost-monopolist in the attention economy.

Continue reading Attention monopolies

Linearity vs serendipity vs filter-bubble

You think you want a linear newsfeed, but actually, the data shows that you’re wrong. Facebook is the first company to measure false consciousness.

Surfing, metrics and creation: Facebook and Snap, March 7, 2017 at 04:04 AM