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Why Twitter Is Dying From Abuse and What You Can Learn From It, by Bad Words, Medium


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Is this true?! "Abuse is killing the social web, and hence it isn’t peripheral to internet business models — it’s central. It has significant chilling effects: given a tipping point, people will simply stop using a network, and walk away…and that appears to be what’s happening with Twitter. "

Sadly it IS true, especially this year. Twitter does not police mean and abusive tweets. 

If Twitter wants to survive, it needs to remove the abuse. 

https://twitter.com/ifindkarma/status/652936261838069761

This is true, too.

Twitter’s a cemetery. Populated by ghosts. I call them the “ists”. Journalists retweeting journalists…activists retweeting activists…economists retweeting economists…once in a while a great war breaks out between this group of “ists” and that…but the thing is: no one’s listening…because everyone else seems to have left in a hurry.

Twitter's path to growth is business, not celebrity gossip that engenders a culture of abuse. 

https://twitter.com/ifindkarma/status/658781554798301184

https://medium.com/@troutgirl/twitter-appeal-to-tweeters-to-get-readers-f64576e63ec4

Twitter should clean up it's act, as a lot of celebrities use their site. 

I do not think Twitter CAN do anything about abuse.  This is internet, people misbehave because they do not have to see their adversaries. And celebrities are people, too.  It's their choice to use Twitter with everything that comes with it.

Design and human oversight can make any Internet service less mean and less abusive:

https://twitter.com/ekp/status/652839471226818560

An example is Civil Comments:

http://fastcodesign.com/3051961/can-design-save-comments-from-the-trolls

The illusion of being observed makes people behave better:

http://scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-illusion-of-being-observed-can-make-you-better-person/

People have a right to abuse-free interactions on the Internet.

The social web became a nasty, brutish place. And that’s because the companies that make it up simply do not not just take abuse seriously…they don’t really consider it at all. Can you remember the last time you heard the CEO of a major tech company talking about…abuse…not ads? Why not? Here’s the harsh truth: they see it as peripheral to their “business models”, a minor nuisance, certainly nothing worth investing in, for theirs is the great endeavor of…selling more ads.

They’re wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth. Abuse is killing the social web, and hence it isn’t peripheral to internet business models — it’s central. It has significant chilling effects: given a tipping point, people will simply stop using a network, and walk away…and that appears to be what’s happening with Twitter. Abuse is just as central to tech that connects people as selling beef that isn’t contaminated with salmonella is to an industry that feeds people. For the simple fact is that no one wants to spend their life being shouted at by people they’ll never meet who are angry not at them but at the world for things they barely even said to people they barely even know. I think it’s so vital, I’ll say it again, more simply: build a platform rife with abuse, and then turn a blind eye to it, treat it as a non-issue, and you’re already on tomorrow’s list of has-beens…you just don’t know it yet.

What really happens on Twitter these days? People have self-sorted into cliques, little in-groups, tribes. The purpose of tribes is to defend their beliefs, their ways, their customs, their culture — their ways of seeing the world. The digital world is separated into “ists” — it doesn’t matter what, really, economists, mens-rightists, leftists, rightists — and those “ists” place their “ism” before and above all, because it is their organizing belief, the very faith that has brought them together in the first place. Hence, to them, it’s the totem to which everyone, including you, must pay homage, and if you dare not to bow down before it…or worse still to challenge it…well, then the faithful will do what they must to defend their gods. They will declare a crusade against you.

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