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What’s going on with Twitter and should I switch to Jack Dorsey’s Bluesky instead?



Bluesky is an alternative to Twitter

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This is a story about two social networks. While Elon Musk’s Twitter seems to be constantly beset by controversy, bugs and problems, a new competitor founded by the site’s former CEO Jack Dorsey has created a lot of buzz. Dorsey’s new venture, Bluesky, is taking a radically different approach to hosting content, and invitation codes for the exclusive platform sells for hundreds of dollars.

So what’s going on with Twitter, and should you try to get invited to Bluesky? Here is our guide.

What did Elon Musk do with Twitter?

Since buying Twitter in October 2022 for $44 billion, Musk has radically changed how the platform works and what it means. Musk is promoting a paid subscription service called Twitter Blue to raise money for businesses, while promising other schemes, such as revenue sharing with content creators, that have yet to come to fruition.

At the same time, the reliability of the platform suffered due to a sharp reduction in the number of staff. Of nearly 8,000 employees when he took over, Twitter is now about 1000 full-time employees. Crashes are common, and content moderation is given less attention, making the social network weaker or more liberal, depending on your point of view.

Why did Musk do it?

Taken together, the changes are meant to make Twitter more financially balanced and better represent the public space open to all, which Musk believes is Twitter. “I hope this may be more of a case where the public chooses narrative over media. [the] storytelling,” Musk told the BBC in controversial interview in April. “Over time, I think if Twitter becomes the best source of truth, it will succeed. And if we are not the best source of truth, we will fail.”

Will the plans work?

Everyone agrees that this is unlikely. Twitter Blue takeover lower than expected: January data show only 0.2% of active users chose to paywhile more recent evidence suggests over half of the first subscribers have since canceled. The unusual choice spooked advertisers who left the platform en masse. And the recent hype about the verification, which resulted in some users who had not paid for Twitter Blue being presented to the world as if they had paid could leave Twitter open to lawsuits. Things are not going very well.

What happened to the mastodon? Wasn’t it supposed to replace Twitter?

Some people left for Mastodon shortly after Musk took over Twitter, although one analysis found that only 1.6% of those who said they were leaving Twitter actually did so. Mastodon’s user growth has largely stalled, while Post, another competitor, is still of comparatively niche interest.

I heard about Bluesky, what is it?

Bluesky is a new Twitter alternative launched on the Apple App Store in February. Although Bluesky founded Dorsey, Bluesky’s CEO is Jay Graber, a former cryptocurrency software engineer. At the moment, only those who have an invitation can register.

So what makes Bluesky different?

The advantage of Bluesky is authenticated transfer protocol, which is designed to decentralize control of a social network from a person or company, allowing users to self-host their profiles or move them between social media platforms. The Bluesky team hopes that over time you will be able to choose a personalized algorithm that determines the content you see.

“The ultimate goal is to make a better product, a better network, and a better Internet,” says Paul Frazi, one of the developers working on Bluesky. “We’ve created a protocol to protect people and deliver the best results, and we’re building everything with the technology in mind.”

Will it succeed?

This is the million dollar question. In a short span of time, Bluesky has gained 50,000 users. But can this growth continue? “The problem with any successor is that a product like Twitter is only as strong as the network effect it is capable of,” says Bruce Daisley, a former Twitter executive who left before Musk took over. “Now Bluesky is a bizarre mix [dedicated] Twitter users are both calm and pleasant for it. But the reason people left Mastodon or the Post is because there’s no one there.”



Peter Thiel says he freezes his body after death, but ‘not sure if it works’



Earlier this week, Thiel confessed to journalist Bari Weiss here is a podcast that he was paid to cryonic freeze his body after his death – in the hope that he could be resurrected if and when future generations find a solution to what would cause his future death.

However, he added the following caveat: “I think about it more than an ideological statement” before adding that he “[doesn’t] definitely expect it to work.”

Still, he thinks, “this is what we should try to do.”

Thiel’s decision to freeze his afterlife is not new. hello first The Telegraph mentioned it in 2014, stating that “People have a choice: accept death, deny it, or fight it.”

I think our society is dominated by people who deny or accept, and I prefer to fight that.”

NBC News It is estimated that a full body freeze costs around $200,000, while you can just freeze your head for as little as $80,000.

You can hear Thiel laying out his plans for the future on the ice below.

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Study: Giraffes can make decisions based on statistical information



In a new study at the Barcelona Zoo, researchers tested whether giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis), despite their smaller relative brain size, can rely on relative frequencies to predict sample outcomes.

The post “Research: Giraffes can make decisions based on statistical information” first appeared on Sci.News: Breaking Science News.

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The first lunar eclipse of 2023 slightly overshadowed the full moon



Stargazers in Asia and Australia got the best seats for this year’s first lunar eclipse.

The four-hour eclipse began late Friday evening or early Saturday, depending on the location, as the Moon slipped into the edge of the Earth’s shadow.

During the so-called penumbral lunar eclipse, the full moon passed in the outer part of the earth’s shadow, due to which the moon only slightly dimmed. Such an eclipse is not as dramatic as a partial lunar eclipse or a total lunar eclipse when the Moon, Earth and Sun are perfectly aligned.

The eclipse was visible from beginning to end, weather permitting, as far west as Saudi Arabia and the west coast of Africa, as far east as Japan and the South Island of New Zealand, and from the South Pole to Siberia. Almost all of Europe also took part in some of the activities.

V virtual telescope project showed a live feed of moonrise over the countryside in Tuscany, Italy.

“Even subtle astronomical events like this give me excitement and joy when I share them,” astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, founder of the project, wrote in an email.

The next lunar eclipse in October will show the best.

The eastern portions of the Americas will see at least part of a partial lunar eclipse as part but not all of the Moon passes through Earth’s dark central shadow. Asia, Africa and Europe will apply to the entire show.

A total lunar eclipse is not expected until 2025, when North America and the western half of South America take front row seats.


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