Clubhouse has unbundled the "discussion" part of Twitter from the "news" part. That's good. People who just want to talk now have a place to talk without being subject to constant dunking, reply-guying, etc.
Substack, meanwhile, has unbundled the "long-form writing" part of Twitter. It's just a better place to lay out your thoughts. Of course other blogging services like Medium help with this too. But Substack's email list integration helps broadcast to a large-ish audience.
The smallish number of people who denounce Clubhouse and Substack are going to fail. Their denunciations might keep a few people off the platforms for a while, but eventually people will realize these are good platforms, and will simply migrate there.
The problem is that Twitter is still The News. As long as Twitter is The News, journalists, thinkers, and politicians will still be trapped here, pinned in place by a strong network effect where they can be dunked on by every pseudonymous schmuck on the internet.
Thus, if you want to completely shift our discourse away from its toxic reliance on this one ill-made platform, you must find a better way to deliver people breaking news.

I will blog more thoughts about this soon.


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