Big things are happening at Twitter 😲
Happy Friday everyone!
It’s Tom Kuegler back with another Online Business newsletter. The one where we talk all things social media, content creation, and online business.
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We got a bunch of really big headlines from this week to go over, so let’s go. :)
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey steps down
In news that rocked the Twitter-sphere this week, Jack Dorsey announced he’s stepping down as Twitter’s CEO on Monday.
Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s CTO, took over CEO responsibilities immediately.
There’s been a variety of theories as to why Jack stepped down. He was serving as CEO of both Square and Twitter the last few years, and some believe he wants to focus more attention on Square moving forward.
“I’ve decided to leave Twitter because I believe the company is ready to move on from its founders,” Dorsey said in a statement.
Honestly, I think Jack just wants to focus more on Bitcoin.
Parag Agrawal took advantage of his new CEO status by enacting a rule on Twitter that bans people from sharing photos of others without their consent — a move that’s had a controversial reception.
Substack Doesn’t Want To Tell You What To Read
Substack’s CEO Chris Best appeared in an interview with Marketplace and had some interesting things to say.
For a while I’ve wondered whether Substack will ever bolster discoverability for writers who don’t have much of an audience yet.
Chris seemed to be pretty clear on the issue, saying
“So we see our job and the fundamental benefit of our platform as putting writers and readers in charge. So, whereas, you know, if you go to your Twitter feed or your Facebook feed or your various sort of attention-monster social apps, they’re trying to decide for you what to see…. We take a very strong stance kind of in favor of…. letting writers and readers decide for themselves how to set up those relationships.”
Translation: We don’t want to suggest content to our readers. That’s not our job.
This is weird news because I was hoping that Substack might solve their problem with discoverability in 2022 and beyond.
It seems that Medium remains one of the only places on the internet where getting discovered is still a possibility.
You can read more of what Chris had to say about this right here.
LinkedIn Adds Hindi For Indian Users
Less than 20% of India’s population speaks English, according to Tech Crunch.
LinkedIn, which has a massive Indian user base, decided to add support for Hindi this week.
LinkedIn’s website and mobile app will allow users to access their profile, feed, and other features in Hindi effective immediately.
This is actually pretty massive news. #India is LinkedIn’s most popular hashtag, and I know for a fact there’s tons of Medium users from India as well.
That’s it for this week’s newsletter. See you again next Friday. :)