How much would you pay to use Twitter? If it’s nothing more than a tweeted GIF for Starlord’s Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that turns the bird, you and I are in the same boat.
But Jack hopes that others could be a bit more generous about his platform, according to CNN, “Twitter is actively looking for additional ways to make money with its users, including by considering a subscription model.” Jack Dorsey said to investors and other various Sith dark lords: “You will likely see some tests this year”
It’s hard to know how you feel about it. Similar to colonoscopy or if you drug your kids with Benadryl to get them to sleep, social media has become a necessary evil in our modern world. Yes, it made us narcissists, destroyed journalism and polarized the nation, but it finally gives you the opportunity to chat with Nickelback, so … even?
No, there are still some good aspects. People are connected all over the world. Social concerns can be better mobilized. It is a space where you can express yourself. But even if I acknowledge all of these things, I have never wanted to use the website so actively that I feel hostage to them. I still wonder every day if we’re better off without social media, assuming it’s free. I mean, sure, they’ll mine and sell our data, but my data isn’t worth anything anyway. Tell the advertisers that I’m looking for “Pulp Fiction Russian Nesting Dolls”. All of my searches are ambitious. I haven’t bought any consumer goods since 2015. But to pay for this thing that I only use because the media landscape requires it? We might as well buy newspapers again. Please let us buy newspapers again.
Still, Jack Dorsey is convinced that there are people who pay money for Twitter. That or he is desperate. Today, Twitter reported advertising revenue of $ 562 million in the second quarter, a decrease of 23% compared to the same quarter last year. Some major advertisers are also boycotting spending on social media out of solidarity with protests against racial justice across the country.