🔁 repost of: https://twitter.com/ethanz/status/1588528871309447168
Think about Twitter and Mastodon as a physical rooms. A church, a library and a bar are all rooms. But they've got different affordances, and different norms.
It's hard to get a beer in most churches, and it's often too loud to read in a bar. But each time you enter that room, you have a basic understanding of what the rules of the space are, and how you might conduct yourself. Twitter is often just one big room.
The big room has advantages - you hear interesting voices you otherwise wouldn't. But we need smaller, special purpose rooms as well. A political conversation between strangers might demand careful moderation, a chat between friends does not.