Unspoken in all the academic flutter about leaving Twitter is this simple truth: I’ve spent a decade and a half (!!) building reputation capital (to what end, you can judge) in this place. If I leave, NONE of that is portable. It is my labor, and I’m not abdicating it lightly.— Matthew Kirschenbaum (@mkirschenbaum) November 1, 2022
This thread is one of the reasons the academics I’ve seen in the Domain of One’s Own Space have so much more freedom and flexibility in online spaces.
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Apples and oranges comparison in my view. A DoOO has nothing to do with the kinds of networks one builds on a platform like this.
Sociologically I see something dramatically different. Those who’ve got a dial tone at their own domain name can interact in other places like Twitter, but don’t need to rely solely on it, especially when large portions of their networks are doing the same thing.
As a result it’s much easier for those folks to decamp to one or more other places without losing all of their connections. Twitter and other social sites supplement rather than being the end all.
I’ve argued in some of my previous writing that Twitter functions in some pretty unique ways, at least within the communities I move in and through. I don’t see it as just another platform, service, etc. plug and play replaceable with whatever else comes along.