Twitter's $8 verification system releases a gusher of brand-damaging impersonators

Boing Boing IS the chat…

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Yes, and maybe no? I haven’t taken the plunge yet, but if I understand it correctly, Mastodon is a network of individual servers (kind of like Discord.) So what starts in one server stays in that server unless there’s a distinct effort to spread it across instances. Twitter has/had the capability to reach just about everyone everywhere if a post went viral enough… there were less barriers to content spread.

So, if I’m getting it right (and I know I might not)… Mastodon could work in a similar way, but it’s not as effortless?

(I’ll join up eventually, I’m sure. I’m usually dragged kicking and screaming into new social media, this won’t be any different. :rofl: I’m not sure where to start yet, which server to call home, and I’m making a list of where my Twitter mutuals are heading, so I’ll be joining more than just one, if I’m allowed.)

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I’m thinking some combination of the two definitely plays a large role here… but then how it comes across is as if he doesn’t think it’s real. (Because on some level, because of that privilege and lack of understanding, it isn’t, for him.)

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I have not plunged either, but I can’t help but think: Usenet.

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I might be getting old but what if we all just moved slowly, and fixed things?

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Not to mention, gifting the world with previously impossible, priceless barbs, such as a fake Cap’n Crunch account (verified, of course) asking that people post pictures of their feet. :laughing:

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It WAS that (as well as a tool to spread misinformation, conspiracy theories and fascism), but it’s time to move on. It’s time to leave giant corporate “one size fits all” social media sites like Twitter and Facebook in the dustbin of history. I’m not saying the internet is going to return to the days of web forums, but with any luck, social media is going to look different in the future. Or maybe it won’t, people seem almost desperate to cling to exploitative corporate platforms that are deliberately designed to be addictive, have zero customer support or appeals process, and use algorithms that mysteriously always seem to favor bigots and authoritarians while mindlessly and unjustly punishing artists, women, activists and BIPOC.

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Once again, this seems on point:

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I think thats his true goal. Supression of information, discussion and organization. I remember the role Twitter had in the Arab Spring especially.

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It’s hard to tell, but I also lean toward incompetence. I read here that one of his advisors on Twitter is Jason Calacanis, who’s well-known to anyone from the old Silicon Alley days of Dotcom 1.0 as a serial bungler who’s failed his way upwards by flattering the right people.

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…and, according to the WaPo, Jared Birchall, Alex Spiro and David Sacks. What a crew.

Also, “micromanaging individual projects”? Recipe for disaster.

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Ugh - David Sack(of)s(hit). That is quite the rogue’s gallery of incompetence and evil he has got there. I feel bad for everyone at Twitter dealing with this pack of ghouls

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I used to think that with enough thrust, you could make anything fly, but Musk’s money/sense ratio is all wrong.

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Wow! I was listening to the vergecast talk about this week and I had not realized that the Twitter Blue verification purchase required having an Apple ID and using ios. That is astounding

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Ah, this is the right audience for this meme I think!

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And apparently, yesterday only, for your $8.99 one time payment, you got two blue checkmarks, and you could get multiples of it. I think they took it down, though, but it was worth it.

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I’m going to call it now:

Elmo bought Twitter to drive it into bankruptcy at the behest of his MAGA comrades and GQP insiders. He will write the bankruptcy off on his ahem taxes and claim it was all ANTIFA’s fault.

tenor

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If that really is the master plan [Narrator: It isn’t.] he better not visit any Saudi embassies afterwards.

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