Ever since Elon Musk took control of Twitter, users have been reporting losing followers because of them shutting down their accounts. It’s gotten even worse during the release weekend of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. After Musk laid off over 1,000 employees at Twitter, more and more users were quitting Twitter altogether, leading to speculation that the social media site would shut down.
Drillimation will remain strong. On the week this started happening, the follow count only increased by 14. Half of the users who unfollowed Drillimation reportedly shut down their accounts, and this is still happening as of now. Over the past week when the crisis began, the follow count only increased by 7.
I was watching things unfold as I was playing through Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. As of this writing, I am halfway through the game. When Sword and Shield came out three years ago, I finished it in under a week, and during that time Chuhou Joutai 1 was in its late stages of development, with the main campaign almost done.
Studio Emiko even jumped in and set up a Tumblr page just in case Twitter collapses. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a major social media site collapsed. Over the past decade, we saw the loss of Vine in 2016 due to increasing competition and refusal to put advertising, leading to users flocking to YouTube and Instagram. Google+ collapsed in 2019 due to low user engagement, and early in the platform’s duration, was blamed for almost killing YouTube by forcing users to link their G+ accounts just to comment.
It’s tough when a difficult crisis looms. Drillimation almost collapsed during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic but continued to gain followers thanks to the liking strategy that Drillimation has been using for the past three years. Keep the numbers growing!