Problems with Twitter

Particular problems with Twitter, especially from 2016 onwards after the introduction of algorithmic timelines were:

* Centralised

* Proprietary, so forking and doing something better wasn't an option

* They forced you to ID yourself with a phone number

* They handed your data to third party companies

* Most governments were using it to ID people saying bad things about them

* Ads and corporate campaigns

* Heavy handed censorship, or refusal to remove users who were violating TOS merely because of their celebrity status

* Refusal to deal with obvious bot accounts, used for spying or creating an economy of fake followers