I Dream of the Post Office Buying Twitter

from StartupGrind

Yes, it’s a goofy dream. Yes, Congress won’t let them stop Saturday delivery, let alone spend $30 billion on a wobbly and weird social network. Yes, this will never happen. Yes, $30 billion could buy 90 F-35s instead.

But: I can’t get this idea out of my head. My mind stumbles on it every other commute. Every news item about Twitter’s sale spurs the notion. Google and Disney are walking away leaving only Salesforce, but oh: they just bought Krux. Maybe there won’t be a suitor. Their market cap is down to less than $15 billion on the news. Hmm, that’s only 44 F-35s…

Ok. This won’t happen. But the idea is so natural to me, so easily raised, that I feel compelled to share it with you. Perhaps doing so will expunge it from my head.

Here is why I keep dreaming about Twitter being bought by the USPS:

  • It is becoming increasingly apparent that we, the people of the United States, expect Freedom of Speech to not only protect the articulation of one’s ideas and opinions, but the distribution of these notions as well.
  • This expectation is shared by various political groups in the United States, from left and right, in various contexts.
  • When Reddit banned it’s most reprehensible channels, protestors cried, “Freedom of speech!” Supporters of the move chastised the protesters for expecting that a private corporation should be required to host their content.
  • When Facebook suffers a “technical glitch” and removes live broadcasts of police confrontations or protests, we wring our hands about freedom of speech again. When it’s not clear how trending news is determined, representatives from both parties demand clarification. All this happens despite the fact that Facebook is another private corporation which can host, or not host, whatever it wants.
  • Hell, people were shouting about freedom of speech when that dude from Duck Dynasty was kicked off a TV show.

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  1. As cool as this idea sounds the only thought that comes to mind is, chaos. If the USPS and Twitter were to merge the government would have to expand in a way it has not in years. What sort of regulation would they use? Expanding in this field would only lead to more and more cases which the court would have to hear about the constitutionality of the entire application. Terms and Agreements would be thrown out the door to be replaced by the application of the Constitution in a technological manner. It would be turmoil the United States Postal Service has not experienced in decades. Not only that, but they would still be dealing with the process they use today as well as Twitter USPS. The sheer magnitude of establishing such an idea almost seems out of reach completely. By allowing these companies to stay private and not playing a role in the technological distribution they in turn, have more control. They are able to take a back seat and let these companies deal with the breaches in their agreements, almost as if they are deciding their own cases.
    On the other side of the spectrum I can’t help but think, sooner rather than later. This particular idea, addressed in the article, reminds me of a government backed cryptocurrency. This idea came about with the rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency. Although it is a super complex idea and would also involve lots of new legislature, many have argued that crypto is the next move on the money frontier, and the sooner the government catches on and begins to develop a coin which works for them, the better. Both ideas are not too crazy when you look at where the future is going. The main issue would be resources and money, however in the future I cannot help but wonder if both ideas will be a reality and people will laugh at the fact that anyone ever doubted them. Reflecting on the growth of the United States Postal Service, it has changed a lot since its beginnings. We no longer use horseback to distribute information. Is it that far-fetched to think that this could be its best bet at adapting?

  2. In the article “ I dream of the post office buying Twitter,” by Drew Breunig discusses how the United States Postal System should purchase Twitter to control the news. Breunig fantasizes ithat one of the big social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google will one day monopolize and control the information being distributed by consumers who value “freedom of speech (Breunig)v.” For example, AT&T was once a monopoly and they were able to control high prices and information. Since they didn’t have any competition they had dominance over network connections. Breunig explains that these companies will continue to grow and if consumers do not continue to talk about the current situation, social media companies will continue their monopolist. If the conversation does not proceed, then social media companies made the decision for their consumers (Breunig).
    Every time a consumer creates an account with Facebook or Twitter we allow them to access our personal information. Having these accounts also provide consumers with a voice, ”freedom of speech. ” Breunig expresses that allowing Twitter to be bought by United States Postal System will force the consumers to present real identities, continue advertising, and subsidizing development.
    The United States Postal System creating an alliance with Twitter will allow cost to go down in regards to distribution mail, information to be given at a reasonable pace, and for identities of consumers to be real. As the target market continues to become more tech-savvy and reliant on social media for information, the United States Postal System should use this opportunity to create an environment of efficient delivery systems. The idea is quite comical, but it promotes democracy in terms of information being distributed to all of the countries and satisfies all different types of consumers.

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