It took so little time for Elon Musk to obliterate Twitter and create a place of hatred and horror. He turned something valuable into a megaphone for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, anti-Semites, gay-bashers, and anyone else momentarily serving his scattershot right-wing agenda.
With the entity formerly known as Twitter vanishing in the rearview mirror, here are two speculative essays from the early days, when we wondered what it was and what it might become. A global conversation? A mosaic of communities and interests? Perhaps you remember.
From 2013: A Vast Confusion
From 2015: Let Twitter Be Twitter
Can the open social web (Mastodon; or the Fediverse) rise to become what Twitter hoped to be, free of advertising, unwelcoming of trolls? I don’t see why not.