Forums have immense momentum. Reddit, for example, maintained its character thro... | by Paul Graham

Paul Graham

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27 days ago

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Forums have immense momentum. Reddit, for example, maintained its character through years of mis- and no management. So my bet about the future of Twitter is that there will be less change than those who fear or hope for change expect.

Elon taking over Twitter is the perfect storm for mistaken, alarmist news stories. Journalists generally exaggerate any danger they write about. And here the richest man in the world is taking over something they're uncomfortably aware has upstaged their profession.

So of course journalists are freaking out. But anyone could have predicted that they would. So their freaking out contains no information. It's just a bunch of squirrels alarm-calling about a dog we already knew was there.

"Maybe Elon will mess up Twitter, but probably not." That's about as much news story as you can write right now. But, as is often the case with the truth, it's short and boring and, above all, doesn't have any cargo space for the author's random grievances.

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