Dropped into a couple of Spaces. Both times someone commented that a Blue Tick has arrived, and addressed me with a "sir". 😯

The only reason I have a badge is because something happened five years ago. No one even remembers what.

But the more interesting thing is…
My timeline is awash with blue ticks. Twitter's algorithmic timeline buries all the people I actually care for. I have to remember to switch to latest tweets first, and then still check a lot. It's a painful way to keep in touch. Some people have voice. Others don't.
To get into a Space you must be following someone who's in it. Beyond this gateway though, they're filled with new, unfamiliar voices. If we are to borrow a pair of terms and classify these as the new bourgeois and proletariat, then Spaces are where the latter gather to speak.
Okay, bad take. I can imagine this falling apart as quickly as Clubhouse. But there's definitely something there. (4/4)

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