A eulogy for Twitter: the place us journalists loved, for better or worse

  • July 8, 2023
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Four Guardian reporters on the platform that defined the early years of their career – and what its end might mean for them

For months now, Twitter users have been anticipating the platform’s demise. The technology is buggy and often appears to be breaking down. There’s a new corporate crisis every week. It’s a strange feeling to witness the death spiral of a major social media platform – not a planned shutdown or an attempted government ban, but a social network becoming a ghost town before our very eyes.

This week Mark Zuckerberg successfully launched Threads, a Twitter competitor that claimed 70m signups by its second day. It has been widely interpreted as a potential death blow to an already struggling platform.

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