Due to the escalating chaos taking place on Twitter the blog’s Twitter account of @djysrv is going on hiatus. I will limit my Tweets there which, in addition to their purpose of informing readers, also serve to support advertising revenue for a mad hatter.
The news about the digital train wreck at Twitter is obvious to anyone. The site’s descent into overt sponsorship of hate speech and fringe groups, political and social disinformation, and the actions of banning of mainstream journalists at NYT, WPost, CNN, and others, for just doing their jobs, is unacceptable.
Image: The Mad Hatter, illustration by John Tenniel (1840-1914)
As of 02/09/2023 it appears that Twitter will soon begin a policy of imposing a charge a monthly fee for users to access Tweetdeck. This step may be a precursor for the platform to charge all users for access which will end this blog’s presence there. Also, Twitter’s cancellation of free access to the API will effectively stop automatic posts from this blog to Twitter.
Message to Twitter’s Advertisers
As Elon Musk takes even more bizarre actions on an almost daily basis, which appear to fly in the face of the interests of his investors in the $44 billion acquisition, the authoritarian nature of his politics are becoming increasingly clear. This type of content is not something any responsible advertiser in a free country should be associated with by committing to pay for sponsored Tweets on the platform.
The technology site the Verge put it succinctly in a column titled, “Welcome to Hell Elon. You Break It, You Buy It.”
There is no safety for brands in terms of customer perceptions of companies that advertise their products and services alongside Tweets from wing nuts, haters, and people with off-the-charts, conspiracy- driven agendas.
What’s Next for this Blog?
In order to continue the purpose of this blog to bring readers factual information about the global commercial nuclear energy industry, I am taking the following actions to keep readers informed about the latest developments.
NeutronBytes is Now on Mastodon
The types news items that were posted on Twitter are now being posted there. There will be far fewer new posts on Mastodon because it is not a substitute for Twitter. Mastodon doesn’t have the reach of Twitter and will be used in an experimental mode for the time being.
For information on a wide variety of free news sources of nuclear energy news, see the NeutronBytes Nuclear Energy Reading List
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I wish these actions were not necessary. The tailspin into darkness at Twitter has made it otherwise.
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I know you will get some flake for this, but you are doing the right thing. Twitter has become a huge cesspool and it’s going to get worse before it gets better or totally collapses.
If you join mastodon, I will follow you over there
I’m on Mastodon https://techhub.social/@neutronbytes