Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on social media

Indian-American entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of AngelList.

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The goal of media is to make every problem, your problem.

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All social media oligopolists, not just TikTok, should open their recommendation algorithms to scrutiny. They are programming our minds and our societies.

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Looking across Twitter, it’s obvious that most people enjoy outrage, conflict, and drama.

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Twitter is television for intellectuals.

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Social media favors socialists.

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If Twitter did ever end up representing the real world, the world would end.

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How to tweet: 1. Write the essay. 2. Write the tweet summarizing the essay. 3. Delete the essay.

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Every single tweet costs nothing and has the potential to reach the entire world. It’s the best lottery ever made.

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Twitter is a much better resumé than LinkedIn.

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The Art of Twitter is to communicate compressed knowledge with clarity and precision.

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To maximize distribution, minimize the message. • Books - blog posts • Podcasts - snippets • Blog posts - tweetstorms • Use stand-alone tweets in tweetstorms • Tweet sparingly - high signal, low noise Readers have options - respect their time.

12

Twitter is the only social network that connects people over ideas rather than over pre-existing relationships.

13

Social media lowers the cost of raising & joining mobs. Per the Minority Rule, the most intolerant wins. Mobs replace conversations with extremism. Journalists, politicians, & society follow. We can raise the cost up with software to expose and block the perpetually outraged.

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There’s no investment where money works as hard as it does in a tech startup. Driven founders, leveraged with code, capital, media, and intellect, sweating every dollar spent. An enlightened society would educate investors, not restrict them.

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Compare the popularity of podcasts, tweets, YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok, to blogs and books, to see how rare genuine readers are.

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Wondering how long until social media induced mental illnesses start getting recognized and treated.

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If Facebook or Twitter decide to engage in censorship, then it's time to scrutinize their monopoly status.

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Social media makes it easier to organize people, so the motivated people are organizing digital mobs.

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The Internet lowers the returns to distributing facts, while social media increases the returns to distributing signaling goods.

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Twitter Rules: Praise specifically, criticize generally. Don't respond to negativity. Say it as if to their face. Be original. Don't debate.

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Twitter is a way to broadcast messages to hundreds of millions of people to find the few dozen that you actually want to talk to.

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The Internet evolved media from physical to digital, from paid to free, from editorial to social. Next up: from corporate to ownerless.

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Social media turns ideas into a popularity contest. Real creativity dissents from the status quo. Social media may slow the progress of the species.

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The best accounts on Twitter are anonymous. The worst accounts on Twitter are anonymous.

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Don’t debate people in the media when you can debate them in the marketplace.

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Perhaps social media has a propensity to foment revolutions and civil wars.

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The profile picture is the logo for your Twitter brand. Pick a unique picture that's recognizable from a distance, and don't change it. It'll stand out in a pile of mentions and allow busy accounts to notice and remember you.

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Wonder if Twitter has the highest average IQ, and therefore the lowest ad revenue of the major social networks.

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The value of Twitter rises with more followers, even as the experience of Twitter degrades.

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Twitter has a de-facto monopoly on text-based broadcast social media. Intellectually lazy to overlook this while supporting censorship.

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Private votes on Twitter polls are more accurate indicators of follower sentiment than public likes, retweets, and comments.

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Not liking how Twitter ranks replies on threads by blue checkmarks above others. Often the least on point. Attention seekers by definition.

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A decentralized, blockchain-based Twitter would be a permanent bastion for free speech and human freedom.

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Twitter is the last proprietary platform that I will invest energy into. Future media should be open-source, distributed, & user controlled.

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Turkey is the (current) poster child for why the world needs distributed, anonymous, encrypted, and un-censorable social media.

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Social media + clickbait journalism have metastasized into permanently outraged lynch mobs roaming the Internet, cowing people into silence.

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As an art form, Twitter is like poetry - every word counts.

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Social media took down gov'ts from Egypt to the US. Of course it'll be censored - until the arrival of decentralized (ownerless) media.

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Social media increases the returns to intolerance.

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I love Twitter for the same reason that I love poetry - every word matters.

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Twitter has become a great source for discovering intellectual friends.

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In the court of social media, context is inadmissible.

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Tip for tweetstorms - write each tweet in such a way that it stands alone.

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Twitter is a clever trap for public figures. It gets them invested in a platform where they can't disable or moderate the comments section.

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A future society will be better served by un-censorable, distributed, open-source social media protocols.

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Today's social media, payment, identity, & application platforms will ultimately be replaced by distributed, uncensorable, open source ones.

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The ability to select our own media is making us more partisan and divided. Wait until VR lets us select our own reality.

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A tweet about Twitter is almost cheating. It’s the one thing everyone on Twitter is interested in, so it has the highest spread potential.

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Journalist biases are much easier to spot on Twitter. When they only have 140 characters, they can't be subtle.

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Twitter's current policies are hastening the day that governments will regulate and control it as a utility.

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