Should I Stay or Go? Professor Weighs In On Future for Twitter Users
With all of the changes recently happening at Twitter with Elon Musk's new vision for the platform starting to take shape, Kent State Today spoke with Stefanie Moore, professor in the School of Media and Journalism, about what Twitter users should do in regards to the platform. Moore focuses on social media, digital communications and public relations.
"Twitter users who don’t support Elon Musk’s new vision for the service are at a crossroads. Do they take a stand and leave Twitter, or do they stay on the platform to somehow try to help the social media giant get back on track?
We’ve watched social media sites come and go over the years so there’s nothing new there. It’s unfortunate for those who have built up strong brands and large networks on Twitter to have to migrate to a new platform and essentially start from scratch. However, for those with recognizable brand names, this is a lot easier to do than it is for the rest of us.
Many have been flocking to sites like Mastodon and Post, which have been billed as “Twitter alternatives.” These alternatives are reaping the benefits of these viral sign-ups as people scramble to find a similar platform whose policies match their values. We’ll see if people stick around on these new platforms or if it’s short-lived. It takes time to review the functionality and value of a new platform and to regrow your network. Of course, others may end up just devoting more attention to their existing presence on Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok and LinkedIn, etc.
Regardless, if you decide to wait things out on Twitter, or abandon the platform altogether, it might be worth saving an archive of your Twitter data just in case!"