How platforms die

Cory Doctorow published a terrific, insightful essay about how platforms die. He calls the process “enshittification”:

Here is how platforms die: first, they are good to their users; then they abuse their users to make things better for their business customers; finally, they abuse those business customers to claw back all the value for themselves. Then, they die.

Pluralistic: Tiktok’s enshittification (21 Jan 2023) – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow

The essay is relatively long, and well worth reading.





28 responses to “How platforms die

  1. Rogier Brussee avatar

    A classic example of Porters five forces put in action.
    Porter, the 21st century Machiavelli, preached that successful companies should corner a market, kill their competition, and relentlessly squeeze, suppliers, employees, government, the environment and last least customers.

  2. Matthias Kiesselbach avatar

    Excellent read, thank you

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