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.

On Rick and Morty’s Nihilism

The knowledge that nothing matters, while accurate, gets you nowhere. The planet is dying, the sun is exploding, the universe is cooling, nothing’s gonna matter. The further back you pull, the more that truth will endure.

But, when you zoom in on Earth, when you zoom to a family, when you zoom into a human brain, and a childhood, an experience, you see all these things that matter.

We have this fleeting chance to participate in this illusion called ‘I love my girlfriend,’ ‘I love my dog’–how is that not better?

Dan Harmon, creator of Community and co-showrunner of Rick and Morty

Stuff I Like for 2017-07-25

Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000mAh Portable Charger

This combines two things I used to carry (a portable battery and a charging brick) into a single device. Now I carry one less item. I love when this happens.

Waterfield iPad Pro Gear Case

I ordered one of these to hold my essential tech gear. This includes: the above-mentioned Anker portable charger, my AirPods, Apple Pencil, a lightning cable, a microfiber cloth, a tiny micro USB cable, and a tiny lightning cable (which constantly has my Pencil adapter attached to it).

The bag is typical Waterfield quality, which is to say it’s amazing. The waxed canvas is supple and feels great, the locking zippers are sturdy and glide smoothly, and the internal pouches are super soft. Highly recommended.

Transmit 5

I use Transmit every day. Version 5’s ability to manage SSH keys via the UI is a huge improvement, as using keys in version 4 was confusing. The UI is much improved as well, and they’ve added Panic Sync, so your sites sync across devices. Loving this update. Also? You can buy it using Apple Pay, which is neat.

Tooth Fairy for Mac

I learned about Tooth Fairy from a post at MacStories last week. It’s a handy little utility that lets you switch to a Bluetooth device of your choosing with a custom keyboard shortcut. It’s perfect for quickly handing off your Mac’s audio to your Bluetooth headphones.

I bought a copy but was troubled by the fact that it ran in both the dock and the menu bar with no way to hide the app’s dock icon. Well, it was updated this week, and the developer added the ability to hide the dock icon.

It’s a great app that does one thing well. You can pick it up on the Mac App Store for $0.99.