Aral Balkan @aral

Dear fellow devs,

When you invest in a surveillance capitalist like Twitter & help them build their platform by making apps for them, using their APIs, etc., know that they’ll have your back. And by that I mean they’ll throw you under the bus the first chance they get.

We’ve all made the mistake at one time (heck, I made both a Twitter & Facebook app using their APIs and thought I was helping build the “open web” ‘cos I trusted Tim O’Reilly).

Just avoid it next time.

"How Can I Help?" well I don't know, I'd say vote with your feet and embrace openness, aka the Fediverse (which seems more solid so far than identica was). Let's go back to the roots of the Web.
Via @aral

@aral I knew about that but had forgotten. So there might be another rush of Twitter quitters in August when apps begin misbehaving.

@aral thanks for the reminder (saw this on Twitter and logged in here for the first time in ages :) )

@aral Just by having an official twitter account for your app, service, business, etcetera, you validate twitter. You can really help a lot by boycotting non-free services. YouTube is my last crutch and hopefully peertube takes off.

@ethoslibre We can also use spyware against the grain and against its own interests to reach a mainstream audience with the goal of educating them. It’s a balance and I agree that the goal should be to shift people (& ourselves) away. We can start by making the alternatives the canonical locations for our content and interactions and simply use the centralised silos for amplification (if the algorithms allow, of course.) We must build convenient bridges so others can follow us here.

@aral I don't think we can use that against it's self. Maybe in the short term absolutely. But the most powerful tool is having no one on youtube. Having content creators move over rather than mirroring videos on both platforms. The most powerful tool is no one on twitter.

@aral Obviously however neither Twitter nor Facebook really *want* third-party clients for their services around, and I can imagine a couple of reasons (both more and less shady ones) for that. The usual problem, in my opinion: People shouldn't have focussed on interfacing with these infrastructures but rather have focussed on building a reliable, available, *open* easy-on service as a Twitter or Facebook replacement. We're still not completely there. :(