Bart: “Milhouse, how could you let this happen? You were supposed to be the night watchman.”
Milhouse: “I was watching. I saw the whole thing. First, it started falling over. Then, it fell over.”
Bart: “Wow… I wonder where all the rats are gonna go.”
(True to form, a bunch of rats escape from the rubble and immediately scurry into a local bar…)
Moe: “Okay – everybody, tuck your pants into your socks.”
– “Homer’s Enemy”, The Simpsons
As some of you might be aware if you pay attention to the news, on October 27th, eccentric (to put it mildly) Billionaire Elon Musk purchased Twitter for $44B. Yes, forty-four billion United States dollars.
Since then, the site has gone from the normality of being a “hellscape” straight to “a superfund site in internet form”. I’m pretty damn sure you can find a list of his… interesting ideas and policies for Twitter elsewhere. Several users have either been booted for parodying Elon Musk or have decided to jump before the Boring Man decides to push them off. Others are just kicking back with a cold lager and watching the site all but collapse… especially now that Musk is threatening bankruptcy. The site is hemorrhaging staff, not helped by Musk telling them to agree to arduous work conditions or get severance. Given his reputation, many staff members are taking the payout and gambling on the jobs market.
Let me be clear – what you do with your Twitter account is your prerogative and your prerogative alone. If you want to stay on, even to spite Mr. Musk? Excellent! Protest from the inside! If you feel comfortable leaving? The Internet is your oyster! If you actually like the direction he’s taking the site? Can’t say I wholly agree, but you do you.
This applies to this blog. I have a personal Twitter account in my private life that I will keep up, at least for now. (This is partly because of sportsball – an RSS feed at this point – and partly because I want to see the goddamn thing go down from the inside as long as possible.) But the Review Nebula’s Twitter Account, five years old, is indefinitely being put on ice. I’m not deactivating it on the grounds that the site could one day recover to some form of sanity. But henceforth and indefinitely, no other posts from The Review Nebula will be shared to Elon’s $44B investment. The sharing link is being disconnected.
Not that I’m sacrificing much. Outside of that long post I wrote shortly after Channel Awesome’s talent roster imploded in scandal (let’s just say some of my predictions were off) I barely got any traffic from the site, at least proportionally. I only have, what, 20 followers? Eh, I barely used the account other than to link posts when they popped up here. So I guess it was my fault or something? If anything, I was thinking about icing the feed before Elon brought a share of Twitter – this was just the nail in the coffin.
Yeah, this is nothing in the grand scheme of things. Just an announcement that, if you do happen to follow me via Twitter, change course. Subscribe to emails! Get a WordPress account and follow that way! Hell, start your own blog if you don’t have one yet! What are your thoughts about cartoons, Arsenal, movies, what have you? 280 characters aren’t nearly enough to describe our complex thoughts!
In short, Twitter is trash. It’s been trash, and Musk might have just thrown a match on what remains.
Pass the popcorn.