“The recent stumbles of Twitter, which is in the process of being rebranded as X, and the likely ill-fated attempts of Threads to do better, present an opportunity to pause and reconsider this particular trajectory of our digital world. If aggregating connections mainly serves the investors who fund big conversation platforms, there’s no reason why the rest of us should have to play along.”
I'm using social media less and less. I didn't join Threads, I didn't get a Mastodon account, and I'm checking Instagram less (or at least actively trying to stay off of it more). But I do use a site that has smaller forum sections allowing me to connect with folks doing what I'm doing, Ravelry. The smaller connections, the niche sites, I think there time may have come, but people have to be willing to seek them out and let go of the larger sites that are cosplaying at connection, at least that's how it often feels.