Twitter was a distraction engine.
Twitter is (was) a distraction engine — its sole function, to steal attention. Bad at selling ads but bad at everything else too.
It’s good for the human species that Twitter is going away.
My prediction is that for a time, regular Twitter users will all just be better off — less ‘doomscrolling,’ less ‘killing time’ by starting at our phones. More Reddit, maybe, and (less likely) more Facebook. Surely more Instagram (which is practically the same thing).
Eventually a replacement will arise.
Mastodon is not a drop-in Twitter replacement — it is intentionally designed (e.g. by lacking quote-tweets) to prevent virality and to militate against shallow engagement, which are Twitter’s main features. Twitter is for distraction; Mastodon is for conversation. People aren’t used to that, which’ll get in the way of Mastodon uptake.
Good riddance to Twitter and its idiot owner.