It’s been a busy couple of days on Twitter (my social platform of choice). First we got bookmarks. I was a little down on the concept of saving Tweets to follow or even share later, but now that I’m running a newsletter, it doesn’t seem like such a silly idea.
The bigger story was Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey’s admission that they’d been doing it wrong on abuse for, like, ever. Dorsey posted a revealing Twitter thread
on Thursday. Here’s a salient bit:
“…We aren’t proud of how people have taken advantage of our service, or our inability to address it fast enough.
While working to fix it, we‘ve been accused of apathy, censorship, political bias, and optimizing for our business and share price instead of the concerns of society. This is not who we are, or who we ever want to be.”
The solution, Jack wrote, may be focusing on the health of conversation based on these metrics
: shared attention, shared reality, variety of opinion, and receptivity.
What sticks out for me is “shared reality.” Ask two people to describe something right in front of them and you may get two very different responses. I wish Twitter good luck in this effort, since I don’t know what I’d do without it.
Let’s dig into some of the good stuff I found for you.