As everyone sings misty-eyed paeans to “the better times on this app,” a full-throated “when?” is my only response. When was Twitter actually good? But for many of those ready to bail for Mastodon or deciding to finally pay attention to their families over the prospect of Elon Musk’s $44 billion purchase having its wheels fly off at any moment, it’s about to get much worse.
Twitter is now in its Anything Goes phase under free speech absolutist Elon Musk, which means that (as long as there’s still someone employed at the company who is able to regularly smash the DO NOT BREAK button) previously banned individuals like Kanye West and Donald Trump, plus normal-voiced anti-trans carnivore Jordan Peterson, and kickboxing Tucker Max are (theoretically) back. As such, most of the people with email jobs who have decided to stick around (everyone) have shifted from “here’s my Mastodon handle” to “please do not RT the former president.”