Basically Twitter is trying to push 45 and Q through the backdoor
Amazing. I hate it.
I hope people don't fall for this nonsense and federate with Twitter. Trust not their gifts nor admit their horse, etc.
@Elizafox ...huh I never thought of it like that, for me it'd be "if Twitter federates, what reason is there to be on Twitter when we can be safer on another instance and still see people".
@Elizafox I mean, there are still other reasons -- like, wanting to actually know your sysop... or, say, Twitter suspends you for complaining about abuse... but yeah, blocking Twitter is not a loss for fedi.
@woozle not to mention huge bandwidth and storage costs of their media
nobody can hope to pay our s3 bill if we had to cache Twitter's media
@Elizafox Wouldn't that only apply to accounts that were being followed from your site, or posts that got viewed by your users? (I'm honestly a bit unclear how those processes work.)
@Elizafox I hope they roll their own solution rather than adopting ActivityPub, because that kind of potential situation reminds me a lot of how Google practically stalled XMPP development for years with Gtalk.
They joined the network, but then just ignored their service and never joined any community discussions, which stopped everyone else from making changes because nobody was prepared to "break" federation with the biggest bloc of users.
@Elizafox on the note of principals, why would libriste AP folks and anti-Twitter Mastodon folks give this thing legitimacy by participating in its development? We've seen what happens when companies step in to fill protocol spaces already filled by community-driven ones. Everyone hates it. It's called "the modern web."
@Elizafox Honestly I think a lot of this is paranoia bordering on clickbait (It is TechCrunch after all) I don't think Twitter's plans will lead to some far right surge as those groups are already locating elsewhere.
@Elizafox And the article is making a lot of assumptions as to what the standard will even look like.
this is mst3k