May 17, 2018

As always, Michael Tsai summary is the best quick overview of Twitter’s idiotic plans.

I’ll let others cleverly debate why Twitter is going down this path — my take is that its management no longer uses the service — but the writing is on the wall: 3rd party Twitter clients are going away, and I’m probably going with it.

Instagram is my best evidence to support this warning. The introduction of the algorithmic feed mostly coincides with my decrease in use. Since Instagram never exposed an API, there’s no InstaBot, but I’d like to think that a paid app that still used the regular chronological feed would have kept me more engaged in the service.

Other than complaining, what I’m going to do? Post more on my blog. Still debating if I’m moving to micro.blog or staying with blot.im, and if I’ll use roberto.mateu.me or keep old faithful 5typos.net as the domain.

But I like to think we’re at the start of a pendulum swing. While overall trend is for centralized platforms, we can make the case of standards. Not everyone needs to host their own blog, but there’s no reason that a micro post” on WordPress.com, another from Micro.blog and any other platform can’t appear on the same feed easily.


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