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E. Another reason to keep writing for Medium, because he clearly doesn't care about that.

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Hi David, Hopefully he won't ban Medium (because he has a beef with xy, Ev or Tony or whoever). Fingers crossed. I definetly have the feeling that sharing my Medium posts on Twitter doesn't perform very well anymore. I would have to copy the text and then link to the post later. In general, Twitter doesn't want us to leave the platform and check out another site anymore... although so many mainstream media and Substack creators relied on this business model... Happy Easter! All the best, Kristina and thanks so much for your feedback

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He doesn't care about that (yet).

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Yeah. Fingers crossed

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Apr 8, 2023Liked by Kristina God

I'm certainly glad to still have Medium, but I agree with Kristina. I've never gotten attention on my Medium articles by sharing them to Twitter.

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Maybe Medium stories het shadowbanned. On Twitter, Substack is shadwobanned. If you type it "Substack" you can't find it anymore. You will be directed to "newsletters".

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Wondering if link shorteners work (like bit.ly or Buffer)?

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Hi Maureen, You're so smart!! I tried it and bit-ly works! bit.ly/417dpco

The question is for how long. Twitter will find a way to stop us, don't you think?

Happy Easter and thanks for your great suggestion. Don't tell anyone... haha

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Also, I think that custom domains are okay as of this moment.

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Awesome! :)

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Hi Maureen, found and followed you ❤️

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Yes, I just started on Medium ... that's how I found you. https://authormgil.medium.com ... and I was just accepted into the Medium Partner Program too! :) I'm writing on Medium as an "experiment" (I do a lot of those with my writing) to see how much traffic I can get to my Substack.

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👍 awesome. Congrats! Experimenting is always smart

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Musk never really supported free speech, just “free speech” to say what he wanted to- and to cut out what he didn’t.

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Hi Camille, You're right... it's sad and really disappointing. You can search for Substack and the founders but... all you'll get is tweets about "newsletters". So Twitter's Substack blockade continues. Yesterday, Musk said he wouldn't ban Substack...

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Apr 8, 2023Liked by Kristina God

Hit the nail on the head. He's always been impulsive and reactionary, and landing on 'free speech' just gave him a cover.

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Definetly impulsive. I listened to a podcast about 5 different brain types. Maybe he has a spontaneous brain.

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E. This is abuse of a dominant position. There are laws against that, even in the USA

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Hi Johnnie, thanks for you feedback. Yesterday, Musk denied to ban Substack. Now you can find Substack and its founders but Twitter's Substack blockade continues as site redirects searches to "newsletters".... It's petty. There might be laws against it but I'm not sure whether anyone will really do something about it. What do you think?

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The level of pettiness this so-called genius gets away with is breathtaking. I have got lost in all the constant platform choices. It’s depressing. Mastodon is not a proper alternative (yet).

Some conclude the old ways of doings things are dying and new ways are emerging but I am not sure. The ChatGPT revolution moreover seems to be pulling the transition (if there is one) in the wrong way.

We’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out

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Hi Johnnie, I also think the whole social media landscape is undergoing a lot of changes. Apparently, Substack links work again but Elon is shadowbanning Substack now. So let's wait and see what comes next. 😆

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Apr 9, 2023Liked by Kristina God

E - if you're surprised you haven't been paying attention. Musk never had a "free speech principle."

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Hi Eric, there's always a gatekeeper on any platform, you're right about your observations. Luckily, Substack links work again but Elon is now shadowbanning Substack... Let's wait and see

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Have you looked at Post News I have been posting content there and although not given it much time I have picked up a steady flow of followers. My other tip would be to use Instagram, I download the media assets and then link to my Substack in my profile. I get twice as much traffic from there as I do from Twitter.

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Hi Sam, for sure. Instagram is great and has changed a lot BUT I used to be an Insta influencer.... and I wouldn't want to go back :D but that's another story. From a marketing persepctive, it's definetly super smart what you do. I'll take a look at Post News. Thanks so much, Happy Easter, Kristina

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I pointed my Substack to a separate domain, and the link still seems to work on Twitter, much like the bit.ly link I guess:

https://twitter.com/pgrahamstrong/status/1643226879837581312

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Cool! Apparently links work again but Musk is now shadowbanning Substack...

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Apr 8, 2023·edited Apr 8, 2023Liked by Kristina God

He's getting too big for his britches. I hope he never follows through on buying Substack.

I shared your post, but deleted the link. So far, they have not banned me or done any other bad things to me. ;-)

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Apr 8, 2023·edited Apr 8, 2023Author

Hi Borlok, Thanks! Elon suspended Substack Inc. and you can't acces the profile of Substack's founders anymore.... horrifying

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Kristina, are you sure that only you can't view them? I'm able to see @cjgbest, @hamishmckenzie, and @SubstackInc

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Hey, they are back. Same with Substack. However, Twitter is shadowbanning Substack and its founders now. If you type in "Substack" you will be directed to #newsletters# in general

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Yeah, this really sucks.

I wrote about this change on Medium too.

Twitter has truly taken a turn for the worse.

https://medium.com/illumination/two-recent-developments-on-twitter-and-substack-that-changed-my-mind-about-those-two-platforms-d0a8aca9fdd8

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Apr 8, 2023Liked by Kristina God

twitter feels like a joke to me at this point. I barely invest time into it.

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Apr 8, 2023Liked by Kristina God

What? I can't believe this. Just checked it. It's true. Thanks so much. You always stay on top of all things related to Substqck, Medium and so many other platforms. Thanks! Happy Easter

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Made my day. Thanks! Apparently Musk reversed the ban but shadow banned Substack

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My shares get on Twitter without problems. I just wish it has the cover pictures like sharing on Facebook. I don't think Musk sees Substack Notes as threat because Notes are just for writers. Can't replace Twitter's broad audience.

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Hi Sam, sorry for the late reply. Musk allowed sharing a link again BUT as you say the cover picture/thumbnail is missing. People love to click on pictures so I see only a few people who click my link. It used to be much more. Conversion used to be 40% now I almost get zero new subs from Twitter

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It's definitely not a good move on Musk's part in my opinion. Banning competing platforms makes Twitter look irrelevant and abusive. If they truly care about freedom of speech and user choice, they shouldn't have a problem with links to Substack. Period. I like Twitter, and I plan to keep using it, but this move just seems petty on their part.

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Hi Michael, I'm glad we can share links to our Substack posts again but the cover image/thumbnail is missing. You can make a screenshot of your post and tweet it with the link for instance. But the time where you could get lots of subs via Twitter is over I think...

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Agreed. It's sad. Twitter used to be such a great platform. I suppose that just underscores the idea that we need to be as platform independent as possible. Relying too much on one isn't a good long term plan.

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Couldn't agree more. It's all rented land except our mailing list :D

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Truth! That's why it's so important to build a list! :)

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It's definitely not a good move on Musk's part in my opinion. Banning competing platforms makes Twitter look irrelevant and abusive. If they truly care about freedom of speech and user choice, they shouldn't have a problem with links to Substack. Period. I like Twitter, and I plan to keep using it, but this move just seems petty on their part.

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Disappointing. I am just starting to build my twitter audience. Now I'm wondering if I should revise my strategy.

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I guess Twitter is here to stay so I wouldn't worry about this. But who knows 😂 I guess it's important to convert as much followers from Twitter to Substack as possible. I wouldn't put all eggs in one basket but keep sharing on Twitter. Elon now allows Substack content again but shadowbanns Substack.

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Yes. I notice that.

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Apr 9, 2023·edited Apr 9, 2023Liked by Kristina God

Seems like the links have been restored. Link click warning is no longer there, at least for my Twitter/Substack links. Has there been a U-Turn??

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Yes, there has been a U-Turn! However, Substack is shadowbanned. If you search for Substack content you get #newlsetters# content. I'm also glad we can keep sharing our Substack links but who knows what will come next. I guess Elon doesn't want to see Matt Taibbi and other famous writers leave Twitter

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Do you know whether that shadowbanning applies also to twitter accounts that represent Substacks, or just posts that link to Substacks?

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