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Apr 8, 2023Liked by Brian Albrecht

The same way a grocery store having an exclusive distributing agreement with some product maker is good for the store, but why would let's say a chocolate maker gain by limiting the number of customers?

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Agree with your points here. This morning when I opened Twitter, I was invited to apply for a ‘long form twitter subscription’ account. But that’s not why people are on Twitter!

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Great insights! It appears that twitter took some of this advice and restored the substack links. As a much smaller writer in economics that's just starting out, twitter is a great source to grow readership. It's a win-win for both platforms.

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In my opinion, with Notes, Substack is becoming a direct competitor to Twitter, and given that Twitter drives more traffic to Substack than Substack to Twitter, blocking links looks like a logical competitive move. I’m just glad to see that Twitter is not buying them out.

Substack's core strength in long-form content, so with Notes, a user going from Twitter to Substack might not see a reason to come back, given that Twitter has not figured out long-form yet. I’m curious to why you think blocking links increases the benefit of Substack in developing its own social network. I think it might be too late for that.

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