A Thing About Twitter

Twitter was my main social media platform, but now I’m stepping away from it. I won’t deactivate my account, but I’m already using it a lot less. Here’s why it no longer interests me. Whenever something does not interest me anymore, I always have my reasons.

1. I am using social media less in general. Currently I don’t feel the need to share my life with others. I still take the same amount of photos as before, but I guess I’m a more private person now. I’ll still post my favourite posts here on my blog and Instagram, of course.

2. Due to reasons related to school and work, I’ve made my account private. I find that it’s less fun being private, and I feel less motivated to tweet. The reason is probably because of the retweeting culture, and others can’t retweet your tweets if you’re a private account.

3. Unpleasant interactions. All I do is tweet randomly about my day, or a random thought I had. I never ask for a dispute over a silly tweet that I could have not tweeted in the first place.

4. Indirect tweeting. I’ve seen a lot of these, but a lot of them are responses to others’ tweets and directing it to the public.

5. People complaining. I am aware that I complain too, but the environment influences the way I tweet. If everyone retweeted more happy and positive thoughts, I would too. You can’t retweet something if you don’t see much of it.

6. Time waster. Now that I don’t go on Twitter as often, I’ve had more time to do other things. Things that are more important than tweeting.

7. People make up news or twist news stories all the time on Twitter. We should always question information before we retweet anything, but a lot of people fail to do this. Twitter is not as bad as Facebook though.

8. Negative news. This is specifically news stories, not others’ personal tweets. I like to be informed about the world’s events, but there are more negative stories than positive ones.

9. When I log into Twitter after a break, I realize I haven’t missed much. Life goes on with or without your online presence.

Twitter used to give me energy because it gave me a place to interact with my online blogger friends. Now I am satisfied with commenting on blog posts. I used to like being updated on what was happening in the community, but now I realize it doesn’t really matter. Of course I am aware of the pros of Twitter, but right now the cons outweigh the pros. It is a toxic space for me and feels draining. Obviously I can’t speak for everyone, but this is my experience with Twitter.

48 thoughts on “A Thing About Twitter

  1. I hardly use social media myself. I have an instagram account, but I’m pretty much never there, and that’s pretty much the same for my Facebook account. I do use Twitter, but that’s mainly because of my blog, and pretty much all of my blogger friends are on it. This month I am quite active on it because of the Creator Showcase. In other months I am a lot less active. So yeah…I can totally understand and relate to a lot of these reasons. So I say: good for you! 😊

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  2. I’m trying to be more active on Twitter with what I am watching as it does lead to some good conversations around specific episodes, but I really do prefer blog comments either on my blog or on a post I’ve commented on as I feel there’s more depth to the conversation when not being hindered by character limitations or losing replies in the stream.

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    • I agree. I don’t normally share my blog posts on Twitter anyways so most of my conversations were unrelated to the blog. I also prefer blog comments more than tweet replies. The character count forces them to be short and not have as much depth. It’s not the ideal place to hold a conversation, but yes I’ve also witnessed that it can beneficial in some cases!

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    • Thanks~ Since I am using social media less now, I don’t think I need to find a better social media network to use. I am fine with the blog and Instagram, since I don’t post too often on these anyways. Twitter really consumed my time and I’m glad that I am allowing myself to use my time more wisely on better things.

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  3. Awesome post. Maybe it’s because I’m an old man . . . but I find social media to be an absolute drain on time and mental resources. If I didn’t need it to get exposure for my artwork, I wouldn’t have Twitter or Instagram accounts at all. I already don’t use those pages for personal reasons . . . just crude marketing. Anyway . . . your reasons are great, and I wish you the best of luck pursuing a more fulfilling day-to-day life without the chain of Twitter around your neck!

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    • Thanks! I didn’t use my Twitter for promoting my posts or cosplays, so I didn’t get that marketing aspect out of it. Instead it was just for fun, but it turned out to be not fun in the end. It was great at the beginning because I felt connected with everyone, but the environment later felt toxic and eventually I became fed up of it.

      I agree that marketing reasons are a big reason for a lot of people, and perhaps I can try out that out more with my Twitter account.

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      • If you do end up returning for marketing reasons, I recommend using a scheduling service like Buffer. That way you can write and remotely schedule your posts without actually having to log in and engage with the community. Its what I do, and I love it.

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  4. I completely agree with most of this and have also been trying to cut twitter out of my life a bit more because the amount of negative discourse and bitter sub tweeting just exhausts me.

    I’m well aware that I’m guilty of participating in some of that sometimes, we all are, but the platform is still a good way to discuss things and promote your work. In spite of that, I’m trying to use it less.

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    • Ah yes, the negative discourse and sub tweeting are huge reasons for me. I found that my day was going just fine before checking Twitter, then felt tired after checking Twitter. It was just not a good fit for me.

      Yes, we are all guilty of that, which is exactly why I want to step away. I want to limit myself to those kinds of conversations as much as possible, as I try to stay away from as much drama as possible – both online and in real life. I agree that the platform is a good way to promote your work, which I might try to do more with my Twitter account. I think it’s good that you’re trying to use it less~

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  5. You sum up exactly how I feel about Twitter right now. I stepped away for a break two weeks ago after becoming particularly frustrated for literally all the reasons you describe above, and have only poked my head in a couple of times since. I haven’t really felt like I’ve missed out on anything since, apart from a few friends who seemingly refuse to use any sort of other platform to communicate. I won’t pretend it’s not disappointing when people won’t reach out to me via means other than Twitter, but for me I think the positives of stepping away far outweigh the negatives.
    I’m keeping my account open as it’s still a great way of promoting my work, but as for “engagement”, as the social media types call it, I think I’m done.

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    • Wow, we are literally in the same situation haha. I also believe the positives of stepping away outweigh the negatives. Ever since I started using Twitter less, I’ve been here on WordPress more and been able to read and comment on more blog posts. This has been a far more enjoyable experience, and so I don’t feel too disconnected with other anime bloggers because I still have WordPress. I like to take pictures, so I occasionally post on Instagram, which is generally free from drama and negativity.

      I agree that Twitter is a great way to promote your work. I shared this post on Twitter and it’s gotten a large number of referrers from there. For now, I am also done with the engagement aspect of it.

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  6. I’ve seen your struggle with Twitter. If you feel it’s not for you then that’s fair enough, makes me sad you feel that way about the media platform itself. I can get obsessed myself sometimes but I’ve learnt to use it once a day. Like for me I use it for my blog and to interact with others. Twitter I’ve not a bad experience with but any nonsense that comes my way now I’ve had with others, they get blocked. Before I was a softie and couldn’t bring myself, Now it’s we-don’t-give-a-toss. Social media is all the same anywhere you go honestly, if anything stick to instagram my opinion, way more fun on there I’m finding right now but I hope you stay active on here Rose.

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    • I’m glad to hear that you’re having a good time with Twitter! Yes, others have also expressed that they are sad to see me post less or feel this way about the platform. That would be the saddest part for me. The good thing is that I am following most of you guys here on WordPress, so I can still interact with you guys via blog comments, which I think is a better way to communicate.

      As for WordPress, I am not going anywhere! I still use Instagram, and I agree that it’s more enjoyable. There’s barely any drama or disputes (on my end on Instagram). I will still use Twitter a little bit, but not to the extent I used to.

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  7. Thank you for opening up and sharing your personal reasons for stepping away. I’m going to be honest, I’ve been contemplating stepping aside from Twitter as well because there are tons of negativity on there, along side the positive stuff. I do talk about my struggles on Twitter, mostly as an avenue to expel it from bottling up and causing me to ruminate, and I try to find the positive whenever possible in any situation if I can. But that can be very difficult with social media places. I think the reason I haven’t yet is because I’m afraid of how that will affect me as a blogger. I know this may sound silly but Twitter is a space that allows me to network a lot. I don’t know if that professional aspect outweighs the anxiety it puts on me. I haven’t figured it out, or maybe I have an I’m avoiding having to face it. Either one could be true. I always admire and respect people who have the strength to do what’s necessary for their well-being and mental/emotional health as it can be an extremely difficult step to take.

    Thanks again, Rose. I look forward to supporting you via avenues outside of Twitter. Sending you hugs (if you’re a hugger), and happy and best wishes always. πŸ’–

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    • I am on the fence about that… On one hand, it feels good to vent and get acceptance from my followers. It’s good to know that other people understand my situation and feels good to receive encouragement. On the other hand, I feel that I am oversharing or that it might be making things worse.

      A few fellow bloggers commented on this post, saying that they don’t use Twitter for “engagement” purposes, and instead just use it as a platform to promote their work. I am thinking of doing this as well, because the fun and social side of Twitter has become draining for me.

      No need to thank, it feels good to write it all out. I wouldn’t have been able to express all my feelings on Twitter because of the character limit. This is also a reason why I prefer WordPress more. Stepping away from Twitter this time has actually been fairly easy, only because I’ve had enough. I tried to use it less because of school and that didn’t work out, lol. Thank you. ❀

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      • Your post has actually been resonating with me since I’ve read it, and I’m thinking about using Twitter just for sharing my work and other ppl’s works as well. I started to think, like really think, about it makes me feel overall rather than just in the moment and a lot of my depression triggers stem from sad things or things about being ppl racist, homophobic, etc., which I mostly get from Twitter. It’s unhealthy and de-motivating. As I mentioned earlier. I don’t think it’s something I wanted to face because I was scared. Yet it doesn’t feel as scary now, more so after reading your response. πŸ™‚ πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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      • I’ve also seen racist and homophobic things on Twitter, which also makes me feel unmotivated and often angry. People tell me to ignore such tweets but it’s a little hard to do, lol. I’m glad my post helped you, and that facing it isn’t as scary anymore! If you do decide to use Twitter to just share your work, I understand completely. πŸ™‚

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  8. About the only time I ever use Twitter or Instagram is to put up a link to my latest blog. FB is mainly for friends and family. Some of the people I follow on FB I first met on WordPress when they followed my blog.

    WP doesn’t have a censor-bot. I can post what I want and if there are bits dangling out, WP doesn’t care. (Worst case, I could mark the post “mature” but I’ve never had to.) Doesn’t happen often but given my personal proclivities for clothing optional adventure, it can.

    More importantly, I can express myself in far greater detail in a blog. If I feel like devolving into a discussion of climatology or detailing a personal experience that caused an anime to have an impact on me or including dozens of photos of a wilderness hike, I will. I could not possibly get what I want to say into an FB post and I don’t want to put out sound bites when an essay is called for.

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  10. Like any other social media, Twitter can be both good and bad. When I first started, I felt hooked and I felt like I had to be on it. After a while using Twitter, I feel like it’s not that important. I use it stay in contact with friends and news like video games and anime, but I learned that I can live without logging into Twitter. Obviously, I still use it, but most of the time, I am also enjoying feeling “unplugged”.

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      • Yeah exactly. I think most of the time for me, I use Twitter to talk to some of my friends while also staying connected to the news. My biggest fear of using Twitter is becoming someone who brings nothing but toxic and negative tweets. In a essence, I try to avoid going deep into the rabbit hole. I guess you can say with great power comes with great responsibility.

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      • That’s true – I don’t like seeing negative tweets and I tend to mute those people who constantly tweet negatively stuff. I don’t want to do that, but it does ruin my mood a little.

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      • Yeah I feel you. I also kind of don’t like seeing news about politics and people are calling each other out. When it comes to politics, you will be surprised to see who stands for what and makes you feel awkward.

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  11. I had my personal share of struggling with Twitter, too. its a cesspool of toxic waste that should just be ignored.
    Though, I made a new account recently and I have to say that I’m using it in a better way than I used to before, I guess your experience with social media all has to do with how you use it.

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    • I just see all that toxic stuff on my feed! It’s mostly the stuff that the people I follow like, retweet or tweet. That’s great that it’s way better for you now. Maybe I should mute some accounts haha

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