And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
—”Ozymandias”, Percy Bysshe Shelley
Immediately after ElmoNusk came into shitbird central with a sink (what), he fired the old management (and claims he doesn’t need to pay their bailouts), and is already “making redundant” the workforce (before having to pay off their stock vesting). Win or lose, his scam there is funny; the people who built the Torment Nexus deserve punishment, but he’s likely to have to pay out more in legal fees by the time it’s over.
Already the shitbird to Fediverse migration is going well, the stats account I follow shows a couple million up, which might be half the “MAU” Humans left on shitbird, the rest being bots and defunct accounts. Shitbird’s stats describe anyone posting 3-5 weekly as a “heavy tweeter”, which many of the actual people I know do per hour. I’ve got a lot of new followers, and my policy is “followbackfriday”, every Friday I go thru my new follows and see who’s filled in their avatar, bio, and an intro post at least. I say “a lot”, but on fediverse that’s <500 follows, <1000 followers, I had something like 5x as many on shitbird, but 1% of the activity and “engaaaagement” (excuse the SEO word). Anyway, I expect migration will take another week or so as frogs figure out the stove really is on.
When the Crown Prince of the Joseon Empire (defunct) bought out Freenode, it took a few weeks for everyone to get over to Libera.chat with the same or better channels (# lisp is now all LISP-family, # commonlisp is CL-specific, # scheme is for all Schemes, etc.), and get kicked off the corpse of Freenode. Nobody knows or cares what happened to the CPotJE or what used to be freenode.
So now I’m wondering how long it’ll take for that to happen to shitbird. Days? ElmoNusk posted QAnon shit almost immediately. GM pulled their advertising. And this is just Halloween weekend. Next week, mostly awake and sober, is gonna be lit. And not in a good way, more “your entire city is on fire”. Will there be anything but jesus-dakimakura pillow guy and (Kan’t)Ye posting by next Friday?
OK, you want something more positive, actionable than my schadenfreude? Back up your tweets. I had a hell of a time getting my shitbird data out. Don’t stall on this. Because when stupid companies shut down a service, they do it fast and don’t care about your stuff. Remember Yahoo! paying billions for GeoCities, the greatest communal artwork of Humanity, and shuttering it with no backup or warning? That’s what’s gonna happen to shitbird. Don’t be there when it does.