Something I hadn't realised now that I'm logged out of Twitter is that on mobile Twitter has become a closed system. If you get a link to a tweet and scroll for just a bit, you get a message requiring you to create account/log in to see more.

They're going the FB route: unusable unless logged in.

This behavior started about 10 months ago. The previous default was that Twitter was open to read for everyone. Can't believe I had missed this. Makes leaving even more of a no-brainer.

Good to think about if you share links to tweets: Lots of people can't see them more than a brief while.

Tweets are no longer open to view for anyone on mobile. To view without restrictions people need an account and to be logged in.

@axbom they are accessible if you use Nitter. You have to replace the Twitter domain to the Nitter instance you want to use, and you can read any post that's posted here.

@axbom nitter links still work, though. just replace with e.g. (or any other nitter instance) when sharing a twitter link (if you must).

@meganeko Exactly, I'm more of the conviction to not share links to content there at all.

Reddit, Facebook, Twitter. All requiring you to sign in to view most if not all public content. Facebook even does this on desktop.
This troubles me not just as someone who wants to view shared content without signing up, but also as a Wikipedia editor. This will make a lot of social media citations useless.

@Yuvalne @axbom furthermore it severely limits possibilities of an open documentation of modern public discourse. We risk loosing access to the historical proceedings of our time.

@Yuvalne @axbom
There are actually Swedish public sector institutions that refer to "You find that information on Facebook"(!)

@sintrenton @Yuvalne @axbom Twitter does this on desktop as well. I use Mastodon on the browser and all Twityter links now require a log in once you scroll down about 20 tweets or so.

I no longer follow twitter links and it kinda bugs me that people share them so much on here.

@sintrenton I’d love to see some examples of this, if you have them at hand, please?@axbom

@Yuvalne @axbom I agree, this is a serious issue for the open internet. Instagram was among the first to do this, and today you can basically only see the first part of the feed, but not specific posts, unless you're logged in.

@axbom It is really terrible! Some times you have to log in to keep scrolling down a thread, but other times you even have to log in just to read one single tweet! Makes me so mad! This is why is needed now, so thank whoever thought of that for creating it!

@axbom It's pretty awful. Really unpleasant experience if you don't have an account.

@axbom I had the same on my laptop a few days ago. But maybe the link I used came from mobile. Had not seen this before.

@VictorVenema Oh interesting! When they rolled it out on mobile, it was a 2-3 week period before everyone had it. Would be crazy if they just did something similar for desktop as well.

@axbom @VictorVenema nope they pretty much do this on desktop as well already (at least on MacOS)

@axbom There is still nitter that makes reading for non-twitter users easy :)

how to view birdsite without logging in /scripts 

@axbom my solution when someone gives a birdsite link is to view it on nitter eg.

@playerthree Thanks. Do you know how long it's been like this for desktop?

I have seen this on the desktop for at least a year. But if You click on "Log in" or "Sign up" and close the dialog, You can continue reading. Not a good UX though, better use nitter.

@axbom that was news to me too. And interesting how blind you become to the boundaries of a service you are on the inside of. It's first when your on the outside you see the border clearly

@axbom I've already seen something similar on the desktop site.

@axbom Yup. I did also notice this. I removed the app from my phone and I am now only using it with a bridge.

@axbom at least twitter is readable with alternative frontend (nitter)
Haven’t found anything similar for any of the Facebook services.
Most event locations in my city primarily advertise on Facebook. So I have no idea which events happen. Annoys me.

@axbom Pretty sure this applies in general, not just on mobile.

In fact, if I use the "desktop site" feature of my telephone's web browser to change the useragent, I get served the high resolution layout, and the prompt to login appears immediately, before I start scrolling.

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