Twitter, Mastodon and The Parable of rasenganRead time in minutes: 2
So a lot of things happened today. The threat that Elon Musk made to buy Twitter seems to have been true. As I write this, my current understanding is that the Twitter board of directors is in the process of accepting the offer that Elon Musk to buy the company.
I genuinely have no idea how I should be reacting to this news. I spend a lot of time on Twitter. It's a lot of how I talk with people, network in the tech community and generally shitpost. I do so much idle shitposting on Twitter that it would probably count for a lot of the non-work written word I produce on a weekly basis.
I'm really not sure what I feel about this, but the feelings that I am getting remind me of what happened to freenode. A while ago someone I follow on Twitter made a tweet that said something like:
Elon Musk is to Twitter as rasengan is to freenode
I have made my book Closed
Projects free for the next week.
This contains my moods, reactions and emotions as I was processing
everything falling apart around me. I feel this may help you
understand the emotions that you get watching this shitshow unfold
with Twitter. For a direct link to the sale page, click
here. I will
donate proceeds from this sale to charity. If you choose to send me a
couple bucks for my book, I will donate them to the Orca
I am also on Mastodon at @email@example.com. Should something happen to Twitter such that I can't participate there anymore, I will be on Mastodon. If Twitter really starts falling apart, I will probably be a lot more active on Mastodon. And probably writing a lot more.
Let's hope things turn out well.