The Conversation - Twitter users in search of a new roost

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Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has occasioned turmoil, including a spike in hate speech on the social media platform, mass layoffs and numerous high-profile advertisers’ pulling their business from the company. Unsurprisingly, this has led many Twitter users to vote with their feet, virtually speaking, and leave the platform. Nearly 900,000 exited in a recent five-day period, according to one count.

Many users who left and others who are thinking of leaving are asking the same question: Where should we go? Some are turning to an alternative platform called Mastodon, which saw an influx of new users in the immediate aftermath of Musk’s Twitter takeover. Others are turning to the publishing platform Substack, which announced plans to add a chat function.

University of Colorado Boulder information scientist Casey Fiesler explains that a mass exodus will not necessarily result in Twitter users’ coming together somewhere else. Fiesler’s research about social media shows that mass migrations face many challenges. However, she says there is hope for clusters of ex-Twitter users to find each other.

This week we also liked articles about the role that Latinas play in the Mormon church, sewage surveillance for public health purposes and the history of mortgages.

Eric Smalley

Science + Technology Editor

The turmoil inside Twitter headquarters is sparking discussion of a mass exodus of users. What will happen if there is a rush to the exits? AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Mass migration from Twitter is likely to be an uphill battle – just ask ex-Tumblr users

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The communities that call Twitter home might decide to pack their bags. If they do, they are unlikely to be able to completely reconstitute themselves elsewhere.

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Mormon church’s celebration of Latino cultures puts spotlight on often-overlooked diversity

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Latina women hold few top leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but their contributions help keep congregations going.

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A brief history of the mortgage, from its roots in ancient Rome to the English ‘dead pledge’ and its rebirth in America

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With 30-year fixed rates hitting a 20-year high of 7%, a finance scholar explains where these life-altering loans originated.

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