A noot place to connect (with some big caveats)
I totally agreed - when I saw the new feature I immediately felt a sense of dread. I like being able to comment on Substack posts when I have something genuine to contribute - but I also recognise that this is YOUR newsletter. I don't think I like it when platforms try to pivot all the power towards the reader instead of the creator. Your wrote this post. This is your work. My reaction to it isn't an equal part of this interaction. This is why I like books. Books made of paper. There's nowhere for me to write "I didn't like that part" at the end of the chapter. Or "that was good/shit" when I finish the book. The book doesn't care what I think.
I’m very intrigued to see how notes turns out. On the one hand - nazi bar, on the other hand - I subscribed to three newsletters after scrolling through notes and seeing “restacks” or whatever they’re calling them! 🤷🏻♀️
That story about the Nazi bar is really quite powerful. Makes a great point.
One of the few self-aware posts about Notes I've seen, thanks Josh, among the hundreds lauding it as a 'replacement' for Twitter... Much as I hate what Musk has done, I'm personally not sold on notes either, partially because I've already come across the nuts you refer to, but also because the first sentence of a long rant, followed by ellipsis telling you you'll need to leave the page you're on to get to the point, is not the same as a tweet
Fellow cynic here and while I’ve read some great new newsletters in the last couple of days there’s nothing that feels particularly new or fresh about it. And while the vibe is very early Twitter which I loved. I also can’t see yet what’s in place to stop it devolving to where Twitter is now. The thing I love about the specific newsletter spaces here - like comments- is that they do genuinely feel like safe spaces to debate and chat with people with shared interests.
Why are Notes when they already have Chats?
Notes is feeling too serious, but that may a function of the Substacks I subscribe to. This and Webworm are my "fun" subs. I got on Bluesky the day Notes launched, so my opinion is likely also colored by the experience over there. I feel like I don't quite *get* what Notes is supposed to be.
Forgive me if I’m missing something, but it looks rather like an attempt to mimic Twitter (and we all know how that went).