“The Best And Worst Of Twitter”: 50 Of The Most Surprising Takes On Pretty Much Everything (New Pics)
Twitter is a platform that people either love or hate. Some believe the micro-blogging website is excellent for real-time engagement, others, however, say it's "a highly opinionated cesspit" that's just winding everyone up.
You may have realized just how polarizing it can be from our publication on the Facebook group 'The Best and Worst Of Twitter 2' as well.
But if you need more convincing (or simply want to enjoy more chaotic personal takes), you're in luck. Since we released the piece, the group has ballooned by about 45K members and now unites about 220K of them. Naturally, such rapid growth along with activity from the old timers brought about plenty of new material.
So we at Bored Panda think it's about time we collect their latest posts and release Part 2!
More info: Facebook
Just like the first time, we contacted the person behind the group, comedian Trevor Lewis, to hear his latest thoughts on both Twitter and the Facebook community he created. And, just like the first time, he agreed!
First off, the proposed acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk and then his withdrawal from the deal. "I am conflicted about this," Trevor told Bored Panda. "On the one hand, I think it would be very funny and good if Musk was forced to follow through on such a bold claim."
"Proclaiming to the world that you intend to buy a company has huge implications on things like stock value, so he needs to be shown that his actions have consequences."
But having said that, Trevor enjoys Twitter more than any other social media app and would hate to see Elon damage it. "Musk has a long history of buying his way into companies and then running them badly," he pointed out.
"If you scroll through Twitter on a given day, it's not unlikely you will come across a video of a Tesla catching on fire. This is both a regular, literal occurrence and an apt metaphor for Musk's involvement in a company."
Musk's unpredictability on Twitter has been all over the headlines. Minutes after the company's shareholders voted on Tuesday to approve his $44 billion buyout deal, the Tesla chief took to the platform to revamp his user profile.
As the battle over the $44 billion bid intensifies, Musk has become 'Naughtius Maximus' on Twitter. The world's richest man did not only change his username but also uploaded a new profile picture and bio.
The SpaceX CEO's updated description on Twitter now reads: "Centurion in Jerusalem Garrison" and his display image is a picture from his childhood.
The 51-year-old decided to revamp his Twitter profile after the vote came as his legal team is in court, battling to get the businessman out of the deal.
But while the future of the platform remains hazy, Trevor's Facebook group isn't slowing down. And he puts plenty of effort into maintaining it as a pleasant place to visit.
"I am the only person managing the group," he said. "This is mainly because running a community on Facebook requires an intimate knowledge of its Community Standards system. Part of that is reading their descriptions on the company website. The other part, however, can only be learned through experience. In order for a group to survive, you have to know all the kinds of content that might jeopardize it."
"The other layer to this is that Facebook holds any action taken by an admin or moderator against the group itself," he continued. "So, if a moderator violates Facebook Community Standards, the platform doesn't just punish their account. It results in a strike against the group.
"Because I have been running large groups for several years now, I am able to navigate this system in a way that most people are not."
"Luckily, Facebook has started to provide group admins with automated features known as Admin Assist," Trevor added. "This allows us to set criteria to automatically prevent spam and conflict from occurring. It is not perfect, but it is extremely helpful. I would not be able to run the group on my own without it."
Apart from the moderation, the comedian also curates the vast majority of content on 'The Best and Worst Of Twitter 2,' making it half an online magazine of sorts.
"I try to schedule a new post to go up every 40 minutes or so, even on weekends and holidays. There are rarely any breaks. A group needs consistent, high-quality content to remain visible within the algorithm. When selecting Tweets, I will use a combination of my personal taste as well as the numbers attached to it."
"I will particularly focus on the number of retweets, as this can usually translate to shares on the Facebook platform," Trevor explained. "This is the highest level of engagement a user can grant content, which means that if they are sharing something, they are also more likely to react and comment. All of this engagement results in the kinds of posts that go viral and help a group grow."
He noticed that most of the group's members are from the U.S., but there are tens of thousands that belong to countries from all around the world, including the Philippines, the U.K., South Africa, and Bangladesh.
"I'm proud that the content I curate is enjoyed by so many people. Even though the group name includes 'Best' and 'Worst,' I notice people generally respond more to content from the 'Best' category. They want to laugh and feel good while they scroll, and I'm happy to provide that," Trevor said.