The Year Twitter Died ⇥ theverge.com
The Verge put together a package of articles about the year Twitter died, and it must be seen to be believed. There is a slider in the lower-left so you can adjust the “Chaos” level of the layout but, even in its most normal setting, it is a uniquely challenging series to read.
If you move past that, you will find a few articles worth your time:
Zoë Schiffer wrote about Twitter’s purported founding ideals and how it changed, even before it was acquired.
Sarah Jeong recalled, in the best article of the set, the circumstances of targeted harassment against her, and how Twitter combined out-of-context musings and direct personal access to produce mob-like conditions.
Nilay Patel covered the effect of Twitter on journalists individually and media as a whole.
There is also a collection of truly excellent tweets presented in, to the best of my knowledge, the most inefficient manner possible. I am not linking to it because it was — I shit you not — a 350 megabyte webpage this morning. Several hours later, it is now a 15 megabyte page on initial load which makes Vivaldi consume more than one CPU core constantly. At any rate, the HTML alone is 2.1 megabytes; the rest is a massive amount of decoration. It is a shame because I love a collection of funny tweets. I cry laughing every time. But I cannot, in good conscience, link you to something so inefficient and reader hostile.