Poll: Power of the People?
This week, we asked the Invstr Community what their opinion is on a possible Twitter feature that allows certified people to vote for Hot Topics on Twitter. The winner by a grand margin was the 53 percent of Invstrs who believe that this would be a great feature. The idea of certified people has become a bit blurry recently, but this system would likely promote those who are more active with the app and are committed to it. To get certified you must pay a subscription fee, and you could argue those who are certified will best represent what the Twitter users want. The idea seems unclear though due to the questionable process of becoming certified, and Hot Topics decide what will be trending, making this an optimistic first place vote.
In second place is the 24 percent of Invstrs who believe that certified users should be permitted depending on the Hot Topic. This is a smart tradeoff that finds the middle ground in the situation as some Hot Topics can be biased either politically, economically, or socially. By allowing certified users to vote on Hot Topics that involve less personal opinion and more objectivity, this feature can be utilized very well. However, there is the argument that those who are certified and have subscribed should get regular voting access on Hot Topics. By providing a balance, it’s surprising this did not receive more votes.
To close out the podium, we have the 23 percent of Invstrs who believe that the feature will lead to an increase in trolling by users. Musk has had to deal with the trolls as soon as he stepped into his role as the CEO. The trolling displayed a major flaw in his subscription model, with many businesses being negatively affected by impersonators, and it led to him delaying the launch and patching the problems. Even then, the risk of trolling is extremely high, and it could create a major discrepancy between public opinion and the result of the vote for Hot Topics. This would undermine the whole system, presenting risks all over. Fortunately, it looks like Musk has put the hammer down on trolls recently, so you could argue this problem is being solved already, making this a smart vote for 3rd place.
Have you noticed any changes with Twitter recently? Have fun and see you next time with more poll results!