Let's buy Twitter


With Twitter likely heading to a merger, some people have the idea that we should crowd fund and buy Twitter to make it a platform cooperative.

While buying Twitter is much more expensive than developing and improving free software projects such as GNU Social, gaining instant ownership of a well established social network with a large user base is very tempting. Really, we’ll be paying for Twitter’s large user base and cultural value, rather than the software. And, with Twitter a platform cooperative, we might even be able to get it to federate properly with GNU Social and other social networks – something no corporate owned walled garden will normally let us do.