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Starting Friday, November 25, Planeta.com will pause tweeting indefinitely. We are not leaving, but we will let others know where to find us, elsewhere on the Web = A partir del viernes 25 de noviembre, Planeta.com dejará de tuitear indefinidamente. No nos vamos, pero dejaremos que otros sepan dónde encontrarnos, en otra parte de la Web:
Speculating on the current transition – If we find that there is more noise to signal, our plan is to back out gently by posting infrequently or not at all. As of this month, no more embedded tweets. Planeta will maintain our regional and topical Lists and Moments as they have proven to be useful in deep dive research. Anyone else pausing?
Note: If you delete or deactivate a Twitter account, your @ handle will be publicly available in 30 days. The chances that you will be impersonated with no recourse is very high! Don’t do it – especially if you had a fairly popular account. – @thedragstate
In the roster of popular apps that make up the social web, Twitter – twitter.com – has been a trendsetter since 2007. Set up to publish short text messages, it has evolved to feature live video and audio chats among other tweaks and whistles – pleasing to some and annoying to others. Twitter has been a decade+ global poetry slam coming to an inglorious end, like poetry slams.
In 2022 Twitterers are facing an uncertain future, but one thing is sure – it is the end of Twitter as we knew it. The buyout attempt, backout, and purchase and purge from Elon Musk signals continued chaos. Possible futures for the platform include bankruptcy or more likely, diminishing use and obsolescence, along the lines of Geocities, MySpace, Delicious, Google+, and Wikispaces. They were not extinguished overnight, but an extended period. For engaged members, losing trust and eventually usability felt akin to losing a community.
Beyond Twitter, the social web landscape continues to mature. In 2022 Twitterers are migrating to Mastodon and finding new uses for the likes of Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Slack, YouTube, WhatsApp and the evergreen classic: email.
This may or may not be the end of Twitter, but it is the end of Twitter as we knew it, and it begs the question, where do we get our news? Since the early days of Internet, when websites opened to the public, I’ve treated the communication as an opportunity to learn about other parts of the world in more or less real time. Ecuador’s newspapers were among the first to use gopher sites to upload a daily newsletter. Otherwise best options included shortwave radio or the month-old newspaper at the public library. Instant, global, and free-to-inexpensive communication was a gamechanger.
As we take a self-imposed sabbatical from Twitter, Planeta.com has been a reliable and trustworthy hub bridging the chasms among conservation and tourism players for nearly 30 years. We see 2023 as the opportunity to do what we do best – educate ourselves, connect good people, and amplify the challenges and solutions before us.
Twitter’s CEO is now Twitter’s main character – Vox
In less than a month, Elon Musk has driven away half of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers – Media Matters
Twitter has lost 50 of its top 100 advertisers since Elon Musk took over – NPR
Elon Musk’s Twist On Tech Libertarianism Is Blowing Up On Twitter
New Techdirt Policy: No More Embedded Tweets
The weird sorrow of losing Twitter – Vox
Ex-Twitter employees are horrified by Elon Musk reinstating Donald Trump’s account – Fortune
Suspending Twitter – Vulture
Is this really the end of Twitter? – BBC
How Mastodon, a favorite Twitter alternative, works
If you deactivate/delete your Tw*tter account, your @ handle will be publicly available in 30 days. The chances that you will be impersonated with no recourse is very high! Don’t do it – especially if you had a fairly popular account. – @thedragstate
Let that sink in
Number of other ways to follow us
We’re not leaving, but as the Twitter hellscape worsens, don’t forget you can find us here:
If I launched a Mastodon server that espouses my values regarding tech, media, data and democracy would you join?
Let it all out.
Stay up to date on the latest #WilsonSmart content on multiple platforms! Find it here
Did you know that you can find Clark County School District on a # of other social media?
Imagine buying a business in which people from Stephen King to Taylor Swift improbably write content for you for free, and then promptly sending them a bill for doing that
Twitterers are facing an uncertain future, but one thing is sure – it is the end of Twitter as we knew it = Los usuarios de Twitter se enfrentan a un futuro incierto, pero una cosa es segura: es el fin de Twitter como lo conocíamos.