🐣 Surviving in the post-Twitter era
Let's try something new. In this post-Twitter era (maybe even post-social media era) newsletters seem to be hot. I subscribed to a few good ones myself and thought it might be a good format to experiment with.
From now on, you may receive a newsletter once in a while. I'm not committing to weekly, monthly or even quarterly sends – I will merely appear in your inbox when I have something interesting to say or share. Each newsletter will revolve around a specific topic within my interest range. And oh, I have many interests!
So, here goes: my first newsletter.
I hope you enjoy it!
🗞️ In this issue
- Bye-bye Twitter. Why I left Twitter.
- The only platform you can rely on. Hint: it's not a social media platform.
- Throwback to 2013. Where's Google Reader when you need it?
👋🏻 Bye-bye Tweetbot, bye-bye Twitter
Musk's take-over of Twitter meant the downfall of the only social media platform I ever loved and the only one I still actively used. Funny things started happening, but I hung on, thinking it wouldn't be that bad. But only a few months in third party apps were blocked from using the Twitter API and that, for me, was the final straw.
You see, I have been using a third party app for years. Tweetbot made Twitter more enjoyable because it displayed my timeline in a chonological order, without junk from people I didn't follow, and without ads. On top of that, the app was really fun to use. (Remember those cute little sounds? If you switched to Mastodon, I recommend taking a look at Ivory.)
My dislike of the Twitter app and website, made me leave Twitter for what it is and search for alternatives - both for following people online and for publishing my own content.
- Social media seems less fun than ever. Let's bring back blogging.
- Tips for curating content – for your newsletter or yourself.
- Should I have stayed on Twitter, to fight?
💻 The only platform you can rely on
At the end of 2022, my Twitter feed started to look quite empty. Most of my followees switched to Mastodon, but I decided not too. If anything, this fiasco proved to me (again) that the only platform you can really rely on is your own. And that's why I revived my website.
In my search for an easy to use CMS (I came to resent WordPress in the last couple of years), I discoverd this gem named Ghost. It's a platform for creators – from bloggers to podcasters and YouTubers. You can publish free content or offer paid subscriptions. And I love it because of its simplicity and straightforwardness.
At first I wanted to create a microblog. Posting short messages, just like I used to do on Twitter. But, as you know, my posts turned out to be quite a bit longer. And because personal blogging is so 2006, I'm currently writing this newsletter.
So, alternative for publishing my own content: ✅
💎 Something random
These were my first tweets ever, dated December 13, 2007. Note that my life clearly wasn't very interesting back then, I still don't like waiting, and I was working on a school project (packaging design for fairtrade yuca chips).
📚 Where's Google Reader when you need it?
With no more Twitter feed to scroll through, I had to find another way to follow people online. I checked my followees' Twitter profiles and subscribed to their newsletters and RSS feeds. But, Google Reader being discontinued in 2013, I had to search the landscape for a decent RSS service or app. To my surprise, I discovered a new kind of allround reading apps that combine:
- subscribing to RSS feeds
- forwarding newsletters to a unified inbox
- adding items to a read later list
In the end I settled on Matter. It does all of the above. Upnext was on my shortlist as well. It looks like a pretty good read later app, but it doesn't do RSS. They are working on it though, so I might come back to it later.
Alternative for following interesting people online: ✅
If you have any suggestions, they are most welcome!
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