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It's not just lemmy that's benefiting from Elon Musk.

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[-] flossdaily 269 points 9 months ago

I'm sure there were a huge swath of people who used Twitter and didn't care at all about Musk one way or the other.

Then he rebranded and threw his ego and control in everyone's face. And all the people who like Twitter IN SPITE of Elon were now forced to acknowledge that their Twitter is gone.

Just like over at reddit now, the latest move has alienated the people who really cared about the platform itself. If they rebranded to "Spez's World", though, a lot of the people who didn't give a shit before would suddenly be ready to bail.

[-] o0joshua0o 162 points 9 months ago

He has so thoroughly ruined Twitter that you can't help but wonder if that was his goal from the outset.

[-] [email protected] 77 points 9 months ago

Narcissists like him would never seek failure intentionally.

[-] [email protected] 55 points 9 months ago

You've obviously never played a board game with a narcissist. Flipping over the table and calling everyone, including the game they themselves purchased, cheaters is a totally expected move.

[-] [email protected] 71 points 9 months ago

They're not doing that to lose. They're doing that because they already lost.

[-] [email protected] 27 points 9 months ago


- Knocks phone over -

Fucking cheaters

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[-] balder1991 30 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

It’s just like Michael from The Office. You see he isn’t doing things on purpose to sabotage everyone, but he can’t control it, he needs the attention and the self worship.

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[-] [email protected] 57 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

To what end, though? The man blew 44b on a site that apparently was only worth 5-10b, and that was before he ran it into the ground. He also destroyed his reputation and the mystique as "genius entrepreneur" which the world can now clearly see he never was.

I can't think of a single net positive. I think it's an age old tale with people with too much money: he fell victim to an over inflated ego and too many yes men aiming to please. He started to believe he really was brilliant.

Sad thing is the man has so much money he still can't fail, personally. He'll have destroyed Twitter and even more people will lose their jobs. And autocrats around the world will be pleased. Musk will just shrug, tell himself it wasn't his fault, "it was the libs" or something, and move on.

Eta: the only winners here, as per usual, are the shareholders.

[-] [email protected] 31 points 9 months ago

44b sounds like a lot of money (it is!), but his net worth right now is 219b after this fiasco. At this point it's just a score between rich assholes who got the bigger number.

You could take 200b away from his evaluation and he could still retire on a yacht and not work a single day in the next 100 years. Same for his children and his children's children.

So yeah, "bad" financial investment, but it might be worth for him to kill one of the biggest platforms where he was called out for his bullshit.

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[-] Moob 21 points 9 months ago

Foil hat time. Twitter was at one point a huge communications platform. People got news and opinions on daily happening almost immediately. He has successfully purchased that platform and destroyed the faith people had in it, in time for some of the most controversial events in recent history.

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[-] [email protected] 138 points 9 months ago

Is this migration already called xit? Because it should..

[-] Tygr 121 points 9 months ago

It’s not the rebrand that’s killing Twitter. Elon is. He’s proving to himself that he cannot, in fact, run Twitter better than the prior owners.

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[-] [email protected] 78 points 9 months ago

Cool, but the article is from July 24th

[-] [email protected] 54 points 9 months ago

Just deleted my Twitter account. Of course, the app gave nothing but errors so I had to do it on desktop, but it’s done!

[-] [email protected] 20 points 9 months ago

So now you have an ex-Twitter account. Or an X account for short.

Maybe Elon was truly 200 IQ with his naming

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[-] [email protected] 53 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

Twitter under Elon looks similar to the UK under Brexit.

[-] [email protected] 24 points 9 months ago

So smooth sailing right? Right??

[-] [email protected] 46 points 9 months ago

I find Mastodon very stuffy and boring, is there a way to shake up my feed? I feel like I'm missing something about how the app works.

[-] [email protected] 46 points 9 months ago

I'd recommend following the hashtags you want to see. It's sort of a build-your-own algorithm

[-] [email protected] 29 points 9 months ago

This is a huge thing about the fediverse.
Users are used to being told what they want (algorithms) without any choice (centralised and only platform).
Whereas Lemmy and Mastodon require users to curate their stuff.
Perhaps some "meta fedi" sites would be useful. Things that generate lists of hashtags, instances and users "shake up" your experience

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[-] [email protected] 34 points 9 months ago

This is a welcome change tbh. All these other platforms push rage bait and crap just to drive engagement numbers.

It's refreshing to go back a little to how the Internet used to be. You had to go and find what you liked, not have a million things pushed on you.

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[-] [email protected] 42 points 9 months ago

I wanted to use mastodon, but I haven't even used twitter in years, so then I realized I just don't social media that way anymore (or much at all for that matter).

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[-] Desistance 38 points 9 months ago

Lemmy would be soaring too if it weren't for terrible database code allowing for easy ddos.

[-] [email protected] 37 points 9 months ago

Try using a smaller instance. I recently switched from lemmy.world to lemmy.zip and it's lightning fast. While you still get all the content from lemmy.world :)

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[-] Tapioca 37 points 9 months ago

There were stories that Tesla had a team in place to distract Elon any time he showed up to the office, and I absolutely believe that. Now that Elon has Twitter to distract him, I wonder what that team is up to.

[-] anarchy79 37 points 9 months ago

Can we have something nice here please? I miss when the internet was nice, and you were allowed to talk to each other about whatever you wanted.


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[-] [email protected] 35 points 9 months ago

Fuck spez. Why isn't he doing more psycho shit like Elon so he can move more people to Lemmy.

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[-] egeres 34 points 9 months ago

Apparently, as a competitor of any major platform you just need to get close to the features your adversary has and wait for that site/service to start the process of enshittification, let's see if reddit makes more blunders

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[-] s1vgm 32 points 9 months ago

I've been trying to stick to Mastodon and ditch Twitter, but honestly, even though I've gotten into the habit of using Mastodon every day, it's pretty hard for me to resist accepting information from Twitter.

[-] drewofdoom 48 points 9 months ago

It's ok to get information from places like X/Twitter or Reddit. It's even fine to have an account. But it's better to post your OWN material to platforms that best align with your sensibilities.

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[-] [email protected] 32 points 9 months ago
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[-] [email protected] 31 points 9 months ago

I am so annoyed that Twitter got ruined.

Don't get me wrong. I don't like Twitter. I don't follow anyone on Twitter. But if I had no other recourse I could complain about a corporation that wasn't paying any attention to me and they would do something about it.

By the way fuck FedEX. Is there a place on mastadon I can bitch about FedEx? I have had a mis-delivered package sitting on my porch for over a month. I call about every three or four days and tell them, pick up your package so it can go to the right place. They say they will get it. They never do.

Never use FedEx.

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[-] [email protected] 29 points 9 months ago

I like the idea of referring to it only as "The social media site formerly known as Twitter" from here on out.

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[-] [email protected] 28 points 9 months ago

Musk trashed Twitter with intent, by design, and on purpose. Elon Musk is worth 95 Billion more now than when he bought Twitter.

The continued forced cognitive dissonance is the grandest example of info_corpo_kabuki i've ever seen. It's all just so fucking dumb.

Elon bought it to trash it so he could have access to Saudi markets for his electric cars and rocket ships. The face he's a fascist fucking cunt who gets to stick it to liberals where they most liked to exchange news, information and organize online was just a bonus for him.

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[-] [email protected] 27 points 9 months ago

That is right baby. The Fedi is a life raft always waiting to scoop people up.

[-] scottywh 26 points 9 months ago

Honestly, I joined Twitter begrudgingly in 2015 after ignoring it for years only because I thought it might be easy to keep up with some interesting news before it hit Reddit.. and it worked for a while...

Now, I just wonder why I'm still there at all.

I also don't.see why I might want a mastodon account at this point though... I don't feel like I need a replacement for something that I never really liked...

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[-] dx1 19 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

There's an ethical consideration when you sell a company. Dorsey and co. took a big payout and this is the result. I was thinking earlier about how this probably wouldn't have been happened if you had an even equity split across the company's employees.

[-] [email protected] 20 points 9 months ago

It was a corporation. Corporations exist to get shareholders paid. You can't expect those to not be for sale for the right price, which in this case was more than it was worth. If you want the people running companies to make decisions based on ethics, you should ban publicly traded corporations first otherwise it's just not happening.

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