🔗 Inspiring bits #22 → Is Twitter dying?
Elon Musk bought Twitter, and everything is weird now.
🐦 “The world’s richest man closed his blockbuster purchase of the social media service, thrusting Twitter into a new era” → Elon Musk Completes $44 Billion Deal to Own Twitter
☠️ And speaking of Elon Musk… It's possible that we are experiencing the death of the platform already. →
Twitter made massive global layoffs last Friday, but right after asked some of the workers to come back. Apparently some people were laid off by mistake, and others before management realized that they need their experience to build the new features Elon is planning.
Entire teams were let go, like the ones responsible for content curation, accessibility experience and algorithmic transparency.
🐘 Many users are taking a wait-and-see approach, but a considerable number of people are currently looking for alternatives. Mastodon, a decentralized social network, gained more than 70,000 new sign-ups last Friday, the day after the takeover completed. → Twitter Users Flock to Other Platforms as the Elon Musk Era Begins
‘Permacrisis’, a term that describes ‘an extended period of instability and insecurity’, has been named Collins Word of the Year 2022. It is one of several words Collins highlights that relate to ongoing crises the UK and the world have faced and continue to face, including political instability, the war in Ukraine, climate change, and the cost-of-living crisis.
😟 ‘Permacrisis’ is a dictionary’s word of the year in ‘truly awful’ 2022
🧓🏻 In its latest catalogue of health conditions, the World Health Organization almost equated old age with disease. Then it backed off. → The debate over whether aging is a disease rages on
🔬 A new generation of scientists raised on Reddit and Instagram are exploring crowdsourced models of scientific peer review. → Does the peer review process need blockchain?
😎 More and more online daters are choosing to start conversations without vetting each other’s profile pictures. → The rise of the blind dating app. Inside the same spectrum, the ‘Date Me’ Google Docs, where people write long and detailed dating profiles, which require a longer attention span than swiping left or right.
👙 Tumblr has reversed its 2018 decision to censor all nudity on the app. → Tumblr is letting us be naked again.
😭 ‘I feel so pretty after sobbing’ → Crying makeup is Gen Z’s latest beauty trend.
🚨 New report alert! Technology is seen as the most trusted sector, but the trust drops when social media is added to the game. And people are trusting technology less. → Check the Edelman Trust Barometer Special Report: Trust in Technology and my highlights on last week's post.
Ending with a tweet.