Sitting around, working, waiting for my MacBook Pro’s keyboard to stop working.

The Trouble With Twitter

Nazis, Trump, divisive politics, abuse of women and people of color, and the people running the service don’t care about any of it. I want to leave Twitter and never look back. So, why haven’t I?

  1. I met some of my best friends on Twitter. What would my life look like without them? What new friendships would I miss out on if I weren’t there?
  2. I met some of my clients on Twitter. They helped me launch my business. Without them, where would I be? What awesome clients might I miss out on in the future if I left Twitter?
  3. When we sign off on our podcast, we list our Twitter handles. Never mind that we haven’t made a new episode in a while. What if I want to do a new podcast? It’s typical to tell people to contact you via Twitter. And if not Twitter, where?

These things bring me back every time. It’s the what-ifs. Twitter has altered my life in big and small ways. It’s a cesspool now, though. I’m not sure how to reconcile the positive with the negative.

I’ve quit the service numerous times only to come back. But each time I quit, I stay away a little longer than I did the last time. I’m currently on hiatus again, and I really don’t want to go back.

But, more than the what-ifs, I usually return because I miss my friends’ voices. They don’t congregate anywhere else. Leaving Twitter means leaving them. It means isolation. I’ve not even been away a week, and I already miss my friends.

I don’t miss the constant exposure to the ills of the world, though, or the rampant negativity, the trolling, the abuse. I think we could all do with a lot less of that. Why would anyone choose to make that part of their daily life?

We need an alternative to Twitter. I don’t know what that looks like, but I have a feeling it’ll involve tight control of micro-communities where users have the ability to ban people for bad behavior. Whatever it is, I hope it surfaces soon and gets enough traction to pull my friends (and some third-party app developers) away from Twitter for good.