I used Twitter via TEXT MESSAGE for most of 2008-09.
I'm not sure why I'm saying all this.
I think it's because all the really good stuff in Twitter (@-replies, usable clients) was actually designed and built by users, not Twitter. Twitter, the company, didn't embrace those ideas until very late.
Mastodon and other fediverse remind me of that time, when good ideas could come from anywhere. It's the bottom-up experience that's been missing from the web for years.
Twitter was good in the beginning, then Twitter the company wrecked themselves with promoted-content, non chronological timelines, content curation, unethical data hording practices, a top-down experience... the list goes on
Ok, that's interesting. I've always thought of twitter as a tool for journos and people who wanted to be seen by journos (politicians, PR types, etc). Easier and quicker than keeping lists of phone numbers and/or email addresses.
@0 It's certainly become that, but there was a long period where EVERYONE was writing think-pieces about how Twitter was the ultimate egotism and crap like that. It was years before Twitter was normalized.
@maxeddy I wonder if there's anybody still there in a tech role who remembers that they had that interface
@maxeddy I got friends from college on it back then. We used it as a sorta group chat room before the modern smart phone era (I had a Palm Treo, but everyone else just had flip phones or the ones with the fold up keyboards). The old 140 char limit came from the limit of SMS (160 chars) which left 20 chars for commands and @ mentions.
A Mastodon instance for info/cyber security-minded people.