Yesterday, I solicited your views on Elon Musk’s plans to solely grant identity-verifying blue ticks to fee-paying Twitter customers and to solely enable these customers’ tweets into the For You stream that everybody sees by default (scroll down for an replace on that final bit). And I’m glad I did—right here’s a choice of the responses I obtained.
P.d.H. favors Twitter’s subscription drive:
“For me, subscription is the best way to go. It will get higher content material (Netflix), fewer advertisements, and a broadly higher web for everybody. However I’m a Web3 man; the best way forward is a pay button on browsers and as a substitute of paying with our knowledge, we pay with chilly, exhausting money.”
E.F.S. reckons Twitter Blue is a cut price service that the plenty will snap up:
“Provided that it’s an $8 greenback a month subscription, cheaper than Netflix and related pricing to most different subscription-based providers, that is hardly out of attain for almost all of people that put up on Twitter…Bear in mind, if every little thing is a precedence, then nothing is a precedence. Which implies as quickly as most individuals get their blue ticks, this so-called ‘Shadowbanning’ is a moot level, as everybody can have the identical stage of promotion, Ceteris Paribus.”
I’ll let L.P. level out one of many large points with that:
“The $8/month subscription is extraordinarily costly in poorer international locations—the place generally Twitter has the largest impression. As a reference, YouTube premium in Argentina is ARS 389/month, equal to ONE USD (within the ‘blue’ market, the one one the place we are able to purchase and promote foreign money).”
A.M., in the meantime, isn’t satisfied by Musk’s argument that the payment will present a lot of a barrier to A.I.-powered bot armies:
“I feel $8 million per 30 days is a cut price for an individual, group, PAC, or authorities who needs to flood the system with 1,000,000 bots. This latest transfer by Musk will in all probability be the top of Twitter, as it is going to be all bots quickly sufficient.”
“The checkmark used to imply that an account was verified, which elevated belief on the platform. Now it signifies that the account pays cash. These modifications will proceed to erode belief on the platform and make it much less helpful for customers and advertisers, as disinformation crowds out professional accounts.”
However B.W. suggests I rethink my generational aversion to paying for publicity:
“Figuring out it’s actually you is useful on this noisy world. Completely get the place you might be coming from, ‘not promoting out’, jogs my memory of the identical subject when the Rolling Stones agreed to a Coke sponsorship again within the day. They survived it… :-).”
Thanks for sending me down a rabbit gap through which I found the Stones additionally as soon as made a Rice Krispies business! And I ought to notice that—but once more proving he may benefit from the providers of communications professionals—Elon Musk yesterday issued a doozy of a next-day tweet: “Forgot to say that accounts you comply with instantly can even be in For You, since you have got explicitly requested for them.” If that was at all times the intention then sure, it will have been value mentioning earlier.
See you all tomorrow—however within the meantime, I strongly advocate you learn Jeremy Kahn’s protection of Musk, Steve Wozniak, and a number of consultants calling for a six-month moratorium on the coaching of extra highly effective, next-gen A.I. fashions. Good luck with that…
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