Upstream and Downstream Social Media Platforms

As I’m scrolling on my Twitter feed, many tweets are about ChatGPT, the ground-breaking GPT-3 based chat bot built by OpenAI. I’ve played around with it and it’s incredible. Yet, other social media platforms and the mass media have yet to catch on.

An observation about Twitter is that it’s the source of new trends and news. For example, there’s ChatGPT which is going on right now,then there’s Elon Musk’s whole twitter purge, and even the FTX scandal was initiated by a tweet by the Binance CEO.

I’d define Twitter as a high upstream social media platform. I’d also place Reddit and TikTok in this category.

I’d group Instagram in the middle of the stream.

And platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook are furthest downstream.

December 5, 2022

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