Possibly apochryphal story: P.T. Barnum encouraged customers who might have otherwise dawdled and cut into profits to make a timely exit from his museum with a sign that said: “This way to the egress.” Folks didn’t realize “egress” is a fancy word for “exit” and thought it was an exhibit of an exotic bird or something.
I wonder if there will be an egress from the platform now that it’s official that Elon Musk is buying Twitter:
“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said in a statement included in the press release announcing the $44 billion deal. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.”
Twitter haters either won’t care about this or perhaps gleefully anticipate the platform’s downfall under one of the planet’s douchiest tech bros. I’m sad about it, similar to how I felt when the NYT bought Wordle:
I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2022
It’s all about him, you see.
Anyhoo, I’ve got no immediate egress plans, but I’m confident the Muskrat will exacerbate Twitter’s existing problems and introduce many brand-new ones. This sucks.