One thing that could help is if the people proposing to buy twitter also look like they'll be able to add value to managing it. Are we actually going to be good enough managers to help them get better at giving users what they want? Or are we just counting on the magic of being a co-op?
One way to test this, is to try to prove it in advance. For example, we've talked about helping Twitter with its trolling problem. Is there some way to:
- engage users to lobby twitter for some change?
- raise money from users to do something that doesn't require Twitter's cooperation?
- sell services to Twitter?
It could generate credibility, group cohesion, future management capability, and revenue.