• Twitter no longer exists. It is now called "X".

  • These websites are a net negative on this planet; we should not promote them (and there is no way they can be used to promote Stack Exchange).

  • Owners of both these sites are ehm, you know, evil.

Do you agree? Disagree? Please post your opinion in the answers/comments.

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    Not really, but I am glad to see others have similar ideas.
    – Gantendo
    Aug 31 at 6:12
  • @cocomac that question is about profile links and unrestricting them. This FR is about restricting (or rather removing) the share links.
    – VLAZ
    Aug 31 at 6:21
  • @VLAZ This sentence looks a bit weird on my PC: i.imgur.com/CRTHRHr.png
    – Gantendo
    Aug 31 at 6:25
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    @Gantendo you have an addon which blocks these links.
    – VLAZ
    Aug 31 at 6:28
  • 1
    See this about the missing links. Aug 31 at 7:46
  • What do you mean by "promote superuser"? Can you elaborate? It may or may not be "promote Super User" (this question from migrated from Meta Super User). Aug 31 at 10:50
  • 3
    Add Mastodon!!!
    – JonathanZ
    Aug 31 at 14:03
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    Are we talking about the text which appears on questions with no answers. It seems that there were some experiment with this in the past.
    – Martin
    Aug 31 at 14:26
  • Semi-related MSO request: Change Twitter name and icon to X on the profile page
    – V2Blast
    Aug 31 at 14:57
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    FWIW, I don't think that this question is, strictly speaking, a duplicate of the User Profile question. However, I could see both questions being grouped under a more general question regarding Stack Exchange and social media sites.
    – JDB
    Sep 18 at 12:41

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I think it ought to be less about the merits of their sites, and the people who manage or mismanage them, and more about utility

That said, having poked at how things work now... copy/pasting the link is a little easier than the buttons and it does add a certain level of obvious platform agnosticness.

I'd actually see this as a decent idea, especially if one of these services ends up in a death spiral

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    I think there are natural questions when it comes to utility: Why Facebook and Twitter? Why not LinkedIn, Reddit, and Hacker News? What factors lead to making it easy to share to one site and having to copy/paste the URL to share in another? Ultimately, all of this leads me to: Does it make sense to promote certain sites instead of a less cluttered visual interface or maybe a way to drop the user ID from the URL for private sharing? Aug 31 at 10:21
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    On the subject of utility, I do not have a Twitter/X account but I am forced to log in when I follow a link from a newspaper website so the newspaper is acting as recruiter for X. This is not something SE should be doing. Aug 31 at 11:04
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    How about replacing it with just a generic "share" Link that opens the device specific sharing window? That would feel like the best of both worlds (Having a sharing button while not having to update it when a site gets bought/nuked)
    – LW001
    Aug 31 at 13:07
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    "especially if one of these services ends up in a death spiral" -- it seems both are well underway in death spirals. Hoping that SE has sense enough to avoid the same fate.
    – ggorlen
    Aug 31 at 16:00
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    What if one of the buttons copied the link in markdown format? I'm usually sharing within SE (but people copying to Github or some other place with MD would probably also benefit).
    – Laurel
    Aug 31 at 18:59
  • @ThomasOwens I feel like there was a time when Facebook and Twitter were the only mainstream social media sites out there, and pretty much every site offered those two. I may be remembering incorrectly and that is not the case now, but that may have been the logic back when this started
    – Esther
    Aug 31 at 19:59

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