Twitter is a disaster, but it can be saved

Twitter’s stock price was down more than 10% today, as a short seller took aim at the social network it calls “the Harvey Weinstein of social media,” due to abusive Tweets as detailed in an Amnesty International report¹.

This is on top of a bad day earlier this week when a minor issue was surfaced related to Twitter’s support form, which may have been compromised by China and Saudi Arabia.

But let’s be honest: while these are convenient “catalysts” (in stock market parlance), they aren’t the reasons the stock is being shorted. …

The issue is bigger than I realized—and much more hopeful

Last year I published How to save San Francisco, a Medium post that attributed the Bay Area housing crisis to government failure, and specifically the lack of high-level, metropolitan urban planning. In the Bay Area, we have over 100 local governments planning myopically—and restrictively—and as a result we are drastically underperforming peer cities in creating new housing and cohesive transit infrastructure.

The post was widely shared, and it was exciting to see the message resonate with many people who think we can do better. But, ultimately, the solution proposed—greater unification, including central authority—is extremely difficult politically, and the near-term outlook…

It goes much deeper than “build more housing”

The affordability crisis is suffocating San Francisco. Without a six figure salary, rent control, a trust fund, or a willingness to embrace poverty, you’re out of luck if you want to live here.

The people who fail to arrive are the friends, neighbors, colleagues, and lovers who could change our lives, but who we’ll never meet. We’re becoming a stale, homogeneous city — and also a hypocritical city, increasingly out of touch with our own values of diversity and integration.

Something is broken. Why don’t we fix it?

The toll to enter SF is a six-figure salary. Photo via SF Chronicle.

Cities are expensive, especially nice ones. And not everyone can live exactly…

When Tom and I left Asana to build Pod, one of our biggest decisions was which cloud we wanted to build on. It’s a decision with huge path-dependency; changing infrastructure is tremendously costly, and each stack has quirks and limits that you’ll only discover after you’re locked in. In many ways, it’s a marriage. We decided on a GAE marriage — putting the entire system on the Google Cloud.

We had several reasons for doing this:

  1. We aren’t infrastructure engineers (and don’t want to be). We wanted PaaS (Platform as a service) more than IaaS (Infrastructure as a service); essentially…

Popular assembly is back, except this time it’s on Twitter

How did Trump win the presidency? He’s a reality TV star with no political experience. He’s an Ivy League graduate who lives in a $100m gold-encrusted Manhattan penthouse, yet he won over rural whites unhappy with coastal elites. In one of the most partisan eras in American politics, he won as a Republican, even though he has changed parties five times. And he said so many outrageous things — on camera!

Yet now he is President.

This doesn’t just happen. It’s not an accident. It’s not simply a reaction to economic and social change, a regression, or a Russian plot…

Justin Krause

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