It’s been more than a year since Elon Musk bought Twitter. It got demonstrably worse this January when third-party apps were cut off, and the gradual decline has continued since then. The (many) ads I see are almost all from newly-created accounts for dropshipping companies, whether under their AI-generated storefront names, or AI-generated “real people” and their testimonials. Many of the actual real people I followed have left, most of the media sources I followed are still there and it’s still the most reliable and quick way for me to follow them, so I’m still on Twitter. I’m also on Mastodon, Bluesky, and Posts. I made a Threads account to reserve my handle. Too much, right?
Too much! So I also made a one-person Twitter app for myself. Yes, another Twitter clone, the worst one possible, to add to a roster of feeds of small text posts to refresh compulsively. The goal is for it to be the place where I post tweet-sized updates that are actually meaningful to me, and I will try to reduce my use of all the other places to only reading or not at all. And this new one is broadcast only, no replies or likes or other engagement — great for mental health! Followers can either go to my website to read the latest (and only the latest) tweet, or subscribe to an RSS feed of every tweet to automatically get new ones and go through the old ones.
One thing to come out of the downfall of Twitter has been a resurgence in the mindset of owning or controlling your content online. A blog at your own domain name, a social media presence that you can decouple from the provider and take your follows, followers, and archives with you. This simple little project is a combination of both those things. I may not stick with it for as long as I have with these other things, but I do admit it feels pretty cool here at the start.