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Six months ago, it was worth $4 billion. Now it’s #60 in the App Store’s ‘social networking’ category right behind Chispa, Skout, and Hit on Me!

It used to be cool! Really!

Like many old people desperate to stay relevant, I made a Millennial friend. Only I hit the Millennial jackpot, which is the kind of jackpot that, instead of money, spits out excuses for why it doesn’t make enough money.

So when Igor Hiller — who was an Instagram comedy star

Bad enough that platforms get rich off our free content — now brands do too?

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If you feel like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and TikTok are all just places where people share screenshots of funny things other people have said on other platforms, you’re not alone. Instagram is so famous for this that the official Twitter Instagram account posted a joke about it.

The problem arises…

Twitter’s new media policy will require it to decide when something is in ‘the public interest.’ Challenges abound.

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Twitter is not so great at tweeting. That’s one obvious conclusion to draw from the hullabaloo that erupted today when the company tweeted a link to its new media policy, and described it in this way: “Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images…

A small, unelected, unaccountable group of executives are the ones making sweeping decisions about how we use new technology

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In his recent article in The Atlantic, “The Metaverse is Bad,” Ian Bogost takes on a question that business and technology publications have so far mostly avoided — do we, as a society, actually want a metaverse?

Put differently, are there any reasons beyond the machinations of a handful of…

TRUTH Social’s Terms of Service want you to sign away your rights to trash-talk and sue

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I don’t care about Former President Donald J. Trump’s new social media platform TRUTH Social. It’s built on a false premise: that you can build a social media network and people will come.

Some will, especially like-minded Trump fans, but most will not, meaning TRUTH Social won’t be any more…


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