T2 rebranded as Pebble because when tossed in water, pebbles create ripples (except in the song “Ripple,” in which “there is no pebble tossed, nor wind to blow”). The microblogging social network created by former Twitter staffers never created enough ripples to sustain it. In this short midweek episode, Neville and Shel lament Pebble’s passing, consider the reasons it is shutting down, and ponder what it means for the post-Twitter social media landscape.
Links from this episode:
- Pebble, a Twitter alternative that launched during the Musk era, is shutting down
- Twitter alternative Pebble — previously known as T2 — announces shock closure
- Twitter Alternative Pebble, Formerly T2, Is Shutting Down Due to Low Usage
The next monthly, long-form episode of FIR will drop on Monday, October 30.
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Special thanks to Jay Moonah for the opening and closing music.
You can find the stories from which Shel’s FIR content is selected at Shel’s Link Blog. Shel has started a metaverse-focused Flipboard magazine. You can catch up with both co-hosts on Neville’s blog and Shel’s blog. Neville’s Asides blog is also available.