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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Does Twitter matter?

Never feud with Donald John Trump. You cannot win and in many cases, people lose bigly. This was why I kept a Trumpenfreude list for a couple of years. It became more work than I cared to do, so I stopped updating it.

But I may have to add Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey to the list. The decision to outright ban its most popular account -- Real Donald Trump -- likely set in motion events that will make its Dorsey regret starting a feud with The Donald.

I do not mean the legal schmegal stuff or even the price of its stock falling on Monday. The threat is existential because banning President Trump raises the question: Do we even need Twitter?

Does Twitter matter?

I get that Twitter is a popular site. 

What I don't get is how many people actually use it. Millions have signed up, but outside of journalists and a few celebrities, how many people are tweeting?

Twitter says I have 6,546 followers and that I follow 136 people. 

But my feed shows only about 20 of the people I follow actually post anything. And at best, 20 people actually like and retweet my tweets.

The New York Post has 2 million followers according to Twitter. But with one exception, its tweets get fewer than 100 retweets. The one tweet that got 50,000 retweets was the tweet announcing it had been released from a highly publicized lockup in Twitter jail. 

Even that received retweets from only 1/4 of 1% of its purported 2 million followers.

Twitter, however, receives great publicity because it allows lazy reporters to file stories without having to talk to anyone. The game for 4 years for reporters has been to write stories about what the president tweeted. It takes maybe two minutes tops to write such a story.

Without President Trump, White House reporters will have to go back to reading the daily DNC talking points.

And without the aura of importance from that cheap publicity, Twitter could collapse into irrelevancy.

Twitter, like most of Corporate America, believes its future lies outside the USA, but, like most of Corporate America, Twitter does not realize that foreign governments will not let it get away with its tricks. Try banning Chairman Xi. Or Merkel. Or even Biden.

Dorsey and his fellow travelers at Facebook better be careful. They are not more powerful than the federal government. I ask the Internet Oligarchs, where are your nukes? Being a billionaire is no protection. Red China just put Jack Ma in "voluntary supervision" after he dared criticize the Communist Party. Dorsey is Jack Ma with a shaggy beard.

Democrats allowed Twitter to ban President Trump only after stealing the election and having a Reichstag Fire event at the Capitol to make the move palatable to most of the public.

Mark Sullivan wrote, "The big social networks themselves often say they want government to create a common set of rules that all players would use for content moderation. But their enthusiasm may depend on how much they get to help write the rules. Their investors can’t know what an eventual regulatory regime for social networks might look like, especially with the growing feeling in Washington that Big Tech has simply become too powerful."

There is something more powerful than Big Tech and the federal government. People can walk away. Sullivan's story said President Trump lost only 180,000 of his 88 million followers while Biden gained 4 million.

But in reality, Twitter gets zero followers from Donald Trump because there is nothing to follow. Meanwhile, his replacement has, according to Twitter, has fewer than 24 million followers. Even if he doubles his followers, Twitter will have roughly half as many followers for the president than it had for 4 years.

Dorsey caught lightning in a bottle. Now he has a lightning bug.

Maybe Dorsey had to take one for the team because of pressure from Democrats who now run the entire government including a Supreme Court that refused to hear the election cases.

But when I look at history, I see where feuding with Donald Trump is a dead end at best.

52 comments:

  1. My Twitter is a mission kill. I still look at a couple timelines now and then, but the salt of tweeting has lost its savor.

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  2. I ended my Twitter account back in October, when they censored the NY Post's Xiden corruption stories. My only regret is that I can't drop them again.

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    1. I never had a Twitter account. Never had any need for one. Glad I steered clear of the whole thing.

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      "Dorsey is Jack Ma with a shaggy beard."

      True. He's also a combination of Charles Manson and Rasputin.

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  3. Getting any kind of alternate tv network, etc. will be approved and monitored by a Biden FCC. Figure the odds of that succeeding.

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    1. That has been my worry all along.

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    2. The FCC only has jurisdiction on over-the-air broadcasts. Networks like CNN, OAN, Fox News and Newsmax are cable only and not subject to FCC approval.

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  4. Gab gained 600000 new accounts yesterday, so there are people out there who like to communicate freely.

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  5. Never signed up so alas I cannot now join the millions giving Jack@$$ the finger. Dumped farcebook back after 2012.
    I presently use WhatsApp messenger to visit with family outside the country. Looking to find a new app for that since they are now owned by farcebook.

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  6. I came to the conclusion that the Twitter platform is not important, it is the person putting out the tweet that matters. I have never had a Twitter account and yet I have never missed a Trump tweet in 5 years because the media always posts them in outrage, spreading his message far more widely than Twitter ever could.

    In reality all Trump needs is one roadside billboard to post his messages and the message will get out to world...Twitter or no Twitter.

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  7. President Trump lost only 180,000 of his 88 million followers while Biden gained 4 million.

    88 mil? I realize not all are admirers, but riddle me this, batfans. If Trump has 88 mil and the lying dogfaced pony soldier had 12 mil as of election day (in the past 2 months it's only doubled), doesn't that make the likely spread of a fair election pretty much the same?

    After all, with a pool of 130 million registered voters and a likely turnout of 100 mil (2/3), doesn't that just about fit?

    No wonder they had to manufacture ballots in Red China.

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    1. I would imagine some (such as journalists) followed Trump not because they like him but because they wanted to keep track of what he said.

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  8. Remember when McDermott International moved HQ from US to Dubai to stiff US taxes. Can't remember details, but when some country stole something from them, a US Congressman quipped.....maybe Panama can send their Marines to help McDermott...

    Like Ireland tax haven and Luxembourg, Google Facebook Amazon are viewed as piggybanks from various Countries around the world....EVERYONE will be able to 'TAX' them for Citizen privacy violations, etc. And it is time the US does that too. Hogs get fat, but Pigs get SLAUGHTERED.

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  9. I sometimes wonder if the economic destruction of Hollywood and Twitter is considered a worthwhile price to pay by SJWs if modern leftists can gain control of the US for the next generation or two.

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  10. Trump has had the belief that all publicity is good no matter what and as far as I can see he is right. Think about the fact that he is permanently in the history books as the only President impeached twice. Someday there will be people who will wonder what the real story behind that was, they will investigate, they will see the true treachery of the democrat party. It is a win win for Trump again. His numbers on Rasmussen have not budged, he has not lost with the people. He has shown himself to be strong and willing to sacrifice everything for us. Caesar was assassinated but his name lives in legend. His assassins died at the hands of the people who did not see him as the tyrant they painted him to be and his name is still connected with the greatest leaders in history. So President Trump you will be attacked but you will always have the love of at least 74 million people probably more but they are silent in fear. Good luck, Citizen Trump.

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    1. Unknown, excellent comment. The only people writing history are far Left Commies. They lie with impunity and anyone else who will lie with them.

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    2. History, assuming it’s accurate will show the amazing accomplishments of Trump and I predict that Biden showed in the beginning of the end

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    3. History, assuming it’s accurate will show the amazing accomplishments of Trump and I predict that Biden showed in the beginning of the end

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    4. History, assuming it’s accurate will show the amazing accomplishments of Trump and I predict that Biden showed in the beginning of the end

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    5. “ It is a win win for Trump again.”
      Dumbest post of the day. Sure thing, Sherlock, Trump wins but the country is destroyed.

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    6. “ It is a win win for Trump again.”
      Dumbest post of the day. Sure thing, Sherlock, Trump wins but the country is destroyed.

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    7. “ It is a win win for Trump again.”
      Dumbest post of the day. Sure thing, Sherlock, Trump wins but the country is destroyed.

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  11. This isn't about Twitter being important or not. It is about intimidation and the Dems taking an end run around the Constitution to suppress speech without passing any laws. Expect more and more of this.

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  12. I think it was Big D hisself who, a few years ago, pointed out the following about Twitter (and, by extension, other similar platforms): What is the product? Well, the product is YOU, and you are giving it to them for FREE. Lemme put it a different way: Do Don’s one million hits a month come for the brilliant commentary of ZRegime? Fook no. They come for HIS analysis and witticisms. HE’S the product but makes a little cheese for it, and that’s FINE...

    TWTR’s currently at $46. Ford is at $9.70. How fooked up is that?

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  13. "Never feud with Donald John Trump. You cannot win and in many cases, people lose bigly."

    Now that's funny, I don't care who you are!!
    Oh, wait a second, what's he done to anyone that screwed this country out of any semblance of an honest election? I'll wait.

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  14. Never Twittered N. Never Fakebook. Was on fakebook
    when I was in real estate got chased by two women I worked with. My dear wife was persued by a Nigerian Prince. We flushed it back in '13.
    Never Missed anything.1

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    1. Doug, hope you're well. Keep rolling, my friend.

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    2. Doing better. Totaled my Pickup two Sundays
      ago other guys fault I'm getting a much better
      rig out of the deal in the settlement.
      still healing up not badly hurt------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- just bruised.

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    3. HOLY cow! You are getting the full-court press JOB treatment, aren't you. Heal, heal and relax and enjoy the new truck. Spit fire!

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  15. I have never twitted nor booked my face. I have a sarcasm deficiency. But Mr. Surber knows me, and that's enough for me.

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  16. Neither Facebook nor Twitter is essential. They are merely a way to stay in touch with people long distance. Businesses and political organizations use it because its a "free" vehicle to promote their message. However, if I don't want you in my establishment I have evry right to kick you out. A friend of mine owned a bar and up over the mirror was the sign "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone" I am a marketer. I help businesses get their products and services to market. If I don't like their product or service I don't help them. Example I don't promote abortion clinics. FB and Twitter are business. If they don't want to you around they in my opinion have ever right to kick you out of their establishment. If you don't like it tough.
    I am a staunch conservative, a Navy veteran, and a long time political activist (going on 60 years) If Don Surber doesn't like me posting on his blog he has every right to prevent me from doing so.
    So here it is boys and girls...you want a platform to preach from BUILD YOUR OWN!

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    1. Try running a web page when you have no internet access. Ask Parler.

      Time to crush big tech, it is an arm of the fascist state. Use lawfare to destroy them.
      Have the courts take away their patents!

      THEN you can start your own platform!

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    2. Well then I guess you have to start you own ISP. Im not here to argue. Im just saying you'll have to make the investment and do the work. I'll bet there is an entrepreneur out there trying to do just that. Man's inventive nature will out. We take the light bulb for granted. It only been around for a hundred years. Before that is was candle and torches.

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  17. Twitter, Facebook, Google and Apple all operate under Federal Regulations that allow them patent protection for their software, processes and technology.

    The left perfected the tactic we now call Law fare. Why not file a lawsuit with a friendly conservative judge demanding the removal of patent protection for all those programs and processes used by those firms to restrict our rights under the First Amendment. Otherwise the Government is complicit in denying us our First Amendment Rights! Which is exactly the way the lawsuit should be framed.

    Give them one week to comply or the Patent Office is directed to release those patents and make all those programs and processes part of the public domain.

    Let’s see how the market reacts to that lawsuit.

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  18. Twitter mattered once upon a time because it actually was what its founders claimed it was: A form of mass communication that completely circumvented customary media gatekeepers and censors. It was a legitimate tool for free speech, and a genuine force for good.

    Without using Twitter to bypass the MSM, Trump doesn't win the Presidency. And that was the beginning of the end--because Jack et al were horrified to come to the realization that genuine free speech would empower conservatives, too. Heaven forbid!

    So out came the amorphous, constantly shifting "community standards," and the shadowbans, and the one-sided dubious "fact checks," and the suspensions and permabans. And that was the end of the brief window of free speech for anyone and everyone.

    Twitter is now just another arm of the leftist media complex, pushing a single narrative and silencing anyone who dares disagree. It has no value anymore--but because of its former virtue, it enjoys a position of dominance that it now abuses, to the detriment of all.

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  19. Twitter allowed me to see what PDJT was saying, unfiltered. I could read some other opinions as well. Without Trump, I don't need twitter.

    I'm hitting the road, Jack.

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  20. Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald
    In the last three months, tech giants have censored political speech and journalism to manipulate U.S. politics -- banning reporting on the Bidens, removing the President, destroying a new competitor -- while US liberals, with virtual unanimity, have cheered.

    The ACLU said the unity of Silicon Valley monopoly power to destroy Parler was deeply troubling. Leaders from Germany, France and Mexico protested. Only US liberals support it, because the dominant strain of US liberalism is not economic socialism but political authoritarianism.
    Probably the worst discourse tactic liberals are using is to accuse you of being pro-Terrorist or sympathizing with white supremacy if you question or are concerned about any of the powers they're seizing & wielding for their new War on Terror - taken right from Cheney and Rove.

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  21. Funny watching the Twitter-Uganda election-campaign dispute today.

    The way this apparently started was that Twitter started banning certain political figures in Uganda as "dangerous." (Sound familiar?). So the Ugandan government moved to protect the integrity of the election campaign in the country... and banned Twitter completely.

    And the Twits are upset. Is to laugh...

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    1. Sorry for the confusion.

      The Twitter official executive management types are really upset about this affront to election integrity.

      Really.

      Is to laugh... at them...

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    2. Well I remember, yeah, back in the day
      When half the student body thought that I was gay
      And I remember, yeah, back the year
      They wore campaign buttons saying I was queer...

      I learned in junior high that seeking the approval of others (ie “likes”) was a dead end road. Not possible. But that didn’t stop me from doing the same damn thing forty-odd years later. I got called out by Kurt Schlichter. I made lovey dovey eyes with Mollie Hemingway. I got blocked by Sarah Mimms and into a bitchslap fight with Milo Yiannopoulos. Where did it get me? The Road to Nowhere. Twitter is for kids.

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    3. Z, I share your views on "social media" - have never had anything to do with basefook or tweaker. Only useful thing is as a direct read on what some people are thinking (tweaker), just as RR horrified the media by going over their heads directly to the citizenry (how gauche!).

      "Social media" always struck me as being mostly at the level of neurotic, narcissistic 12 year old girls - and you can't base an economy on that. Beyond the problems we're having now with the gestapo-ization of "social media," "social media" looked like dotcom-boom-2.0 to too much of the risk capital world. Both of those booms (based on useless vapor for the most part) diverted capital from more important things that needed to get going but never did.

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  22. I looked at Twitter when it came out and thought, 124 characters sounds like just enough to get one in trouble. I was never a twit.

    Boy, can I call it or what?

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  23. Don, Trumpenfreude brought me here.

    I have never posted on Twitter or Facebook and have no intention of doing so. My spouse is a heavy Facebook user, but she is as apolitical as there is and only uses it to communicate with family and friends, perhaps as Mark Zuckerberg intended when he founded his company. Too bad leftist politics corrupted a good idea.

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  24. Hipster Rasputin’s business model is about to fall apart and it’s all his own doing.

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