I’ve been a (fairly infrequent) Twitter user for years now. That’s over.
This has been a long time in the works, but in recent months all the things that have been bothering me about this particular flavor of antisocial media have become magnified, in my opinion. Most users, ranging from Donald Trump to the guy down the street, seem to be really angry or really outraged or both. And they seem to be trying to recruit me to join their particular brand of anger or outrage.
I pass. As a heavy consumer of news, combing a few dozen sources each morning, I am already full-up with outrage just from the day’s events, and the last thing I need is an outrage overflow from this or that celebrity’s army of Twitter Anger-Bots.
I did something similar two or three years ago after becoming repeatedly disgusted by Facebook, although in that case the antics of that “service’s” owners contributed more to the equation.
Comparing the two, the best thing about Twitter is that it’s much easier to permanently delete your account than they make it over at Zuckerberg’s House Of Privacy Horrors.
So, I feel better already.