Musk’s thus far hilariously bungled takeover of Twitter makes for amusing schadenfreude but has also reignited discussions around how online communities ‘should’ work.
Something I’ve realised is that I’m not really interested in a ‘new Twitter’ or an ‘alternative to Twitter’. An exodus to Mastodon doesn’t really appeal. I think that’s because the era of mass, global social networks feels increasingly like a relic of the 2000s/2010s. My focus has shifted - unconsciously, and without me realising until now - to smaller, deeper interactions online. Discord, WhatsApp and, of course, Substack.
As a writer in particular, Substack is where I’ve made my home (at least for now). There’s an amazing creative community to learn from, a growing readership and a wonderul set of tools.
It feels in some ways like a return to the Usenet forums of the 1990s in tone and quality of discourse, but with more interesting technology underpinning it all.
Fewer people, better conversations.
What do you think? Where do you go to find community online these days?