An interesting topic of discussion that this article touches upon is how we see our online social spaces evolving over the next 50 years or so. It seems increasingly clear that any responsible society cannot leave the fate of these to the whims of private companies and super wealthy individuals, who are corruptible and often have dubious intentions with no sense of civic duty.
Twitter gets a lot of stick, rightly so in many cases, but hidden away underneath all of the shouting and screaming there are networks of many thousands of high value accounts sharing knowledge and insight, informing people around the world. These networks have a positive social impact globally that will shortly be lost, and to what end? Over time they will reform elsewhere, but for how long will the next platform endure?
I'm not confident that Mastodon is the answer, but I think it's on the right track. Will be interesting to see how it evolves. The lesson of the last days of Twitter seems to be that a successful 'global town square' will never endure under the control of one individual who enjoys playing god.