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Fri Nov 18, 2022, 12:53 AM

It's been such a sad night on Twitter

I know many here do not like it, but there really was a sense of community.

I started my first Twitter account in 2009. I did not even pay any attention to the political side until after the 2016 election disaster.

Even though there are over 450M active accounts each month, you really found some great people on Twitter.

I don't know if we would have flipped 40 House seats and 7 governorships in 2018 without Twitter.

It was also an interesting place to be during COVID lockdowns.

People are very upset.




Quote from Southpaw tweet above:


I said it and I’ll say it again. I like this place, and I’m sorry this is happening.







Quotes from Ekfletch tweets:


I am seeing all sorts of messages about twitter imploding and so might as well add my nostalgia to the pile. twitter was a lifeline for me as a young academic. in a small town in rural Pennsylvania with no colleagues who worked on the same things as I did, it was my community.

I built a really fantastic community here of development economists and sociologists and political scientists. I found mentors and co-authors and friends for life. It's changed a lot and I've become more of a consumer than a producer in recent years as my priorities changed

All the same, I've wrestled mightily these past few weeks with where to share interesting articles, post kudos and self-promote, to chat with my colleagues, read the news, find out about cutting edge economics and get the tea as that community has migrated, dwindled, moved on.

twitter has been all those things to me and more and I'll miss it. So much.

I'm on mastodon at @ekfletch@mastodon.social though still finding my way there and not sure what it will be to me yet. Hope to see you there, or elsewhere.

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Reply It's been such a sad night on Twitter (Original post)
FelineOverlord Nov 18 OP
FelineOverlord Nov 18 #1
Meowmee Nov 18 #2
UpInArms Nov 18 #14
Meowmee Nov 18 #15
Hassin Bin Sober Nov 18 #17
Meowmee Nov 18 #18
Initech Nov 18 #3
FelineOverlord Nov 18 #4
usonian Nov 18 #5
moniss Nov 18 #12
Cha Nov 18 #6
Whiskeytide Nov 18 #7
FelineOverlord Nov 18 #9
Whiskeytide Nov 18 #11
Marcus IM Nov 18 #8
FelineOverlord Nov 18 #10
LudwigPastorius Nov 18 #13
Celerity Nov 18 #16
barbtries Nov 18 #19

Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 01:07 AM

1. I'll miss this place on so many tweets

All of these tweets are about missing Twitter (in case all the Tweets disappear)







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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 01:11 AM

2. I joined there about that time

I hardly ever tweeted or read anything and also paid no attention to politics there until 2016. I went there to check things out and it seems the same to me. Why did they sell to him? That was a very bad judgement on their part.

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Response to Meowmee (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 05:24 AM

14. Musk bought a controlling share of stock

and did a hostile takeover

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Response to UpInArms (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 05:26 AM

15. I guess I had forgotten about that

But at one point he was trying to back out of it and they insisted to him to go ahead with it..didn’t they?

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Response to Meowmee (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 06:03 AM

17. Yes, the Twitter Board did sue him to complete the sale.

Because at that point, not enforcing the iron clad contract, that Musk designed and forced on the Board, would have been malpractice.

The Board had a fiduciary duty to accept what Musk deemed was a “seller friendly contract” with no clauses or contingencies for financing or due diligence.

The Board also had a fiduciary duty to enforce Musk’s contract because, by the time Musk tried to weasel out of the contract, Musk had done substantial harm to the business, the brand, and the stock price. He broke it, he bought it.

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #17)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 06:08 AM

18. Yes I remember that now

But couldn't they just have got out of it somehow and recovered? It seems like it would have been a better option than this.

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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 01:16 AM

3. So many accounts I follow have left or are leaving.

Fuck Elon! Fuck the alt right!

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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 01:23 AM

4. Important way to communicate with the outside world

Including Ukrainian and Iranian accounts:





Text:

A non-functioning Twitter will have a harmful impact on the revolution currently underway in Iran.

Twitter is a key communication tool not only for revolutionaries but also to expose the evil behavior of the Islamic Republic.

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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 01:58 AM

5. Who remembers "Chainsaw" Al Dunlap?

I believe that "Wall Street" the movie was inspired by his slash and burn leveraged corporate buyouts.


From Wikipedia:

Creative destruction is a concept in economics which since the 1950s is the most readily identified with the Austrian-born economist Joseph Schumpeter who derived it from the work of Karl Marx and popularized it as a theory of economic innovation and the business cycle.


It may be more destructive than creative these days, IMO

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Response to usonian (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 03:21 AM

12. Icahn is another piece of crap like Dunlap

who weasels his way into companies solely for the purpose of ripping away for himself whatever assets he can. Usually destroying whatever the company is by leveraging massive debt onto the books so he can skim as much of that as he can and then run them into bankruptcy.

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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 02:27 AM

6. I know what you mean.. I've

appreciated some awesome Dems on twitter.. out there fighting for our Democracy .. gotta love them.

I joined in 2018 to spread Reality!

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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 02:32 AM

7. You said ...

… “I don't know if we would have flipped 40 House seats and 7 governorships in 2018 without Twitter.”

Hmmm …

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Response to Whiskeytide (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 03:00 AM

9. Before 2018

My husband and I hadn’t been that active politically.

On Twitter I found other people that told me about various ways to REALLY get involved

Without Twitter I wouldn’t have found out about so many organizations: Swing Left, Indivisible, Postcards to Voters, text banking, etc.

We were energized!

Fortunately, I don’t need Twitter for that anymore.

But I am going to miss it.

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Response to FelineOverlord (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 03:12 AM

11. I think there are a lot of stories like yours. Twitter ...

… has had its problems. And it’s not for everyone. But for the most part, despite the garbage that came with it, it leaned left politically. At least the intelligent, thoughtful tweets seemed to have a Democratic foundation. Left leaning users seemed to dominate the platform.

So, again, it just makes me wonder why Musk would buy it for much more than it was worth, and then not seem to worry very much about bankrupting it. Killing Twitter would seem to be a high priority for both republicans and Russians.

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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 02:47 AM

8. No more Twitter coups ... er ... "revolutions" for oil companies. Bummer.

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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 03:27 AM

13. I don't have any great love for Twitter, but I will say this.


I'd much rather it was Facebook that was imploding instead.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 05:47 AM

16. +100⁰000000000⁰000⁰

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Response to FelineOverlord (Original post)

Fri Nov 18, 2022, 06:24 AM

19. same here.

i signed up initially in 2011 I think it was, but never got active until trump was president. It was Resistance Headquarters. Once a person tweeted that we're all going to need group therapy after this and my response was isn't that what this is?

But thankfully there is still DU, since way before twitter. Something else and better will come along. I deactivated last week. In the meantime I still go to read stuff but just as an observer.

Musk is a huge asshole.

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