Why Leave Twitter?
A couple of years ago I couldn’t wait to check my Twitter account to see what new “followers” had followed me the night before and to read any new comments from “so-and-so”. And no, I don’t mean from Donald Trump. As the comments and one-liners would rapidly appear I would scroll the feed only to be greeted by hundreds more comments I must’ve missed. The daily routine of reading comments, (many duplicated and automated) and posting comments never ended until the day I finally left Twitter. And why did I stop using Twitter?
So Many People Want to be Followed
The answer is quite simple but first some background. Users of Twitter know that one purpose of the app is to gain followers and in turn follow others. And so after months of using Twitter I like many others did just that until one day it dawned on me that it’s humanly impossible to actually read a thousand plus comments from people you are “following” let alone be excepted to respond to all those folks. When I figured that out I felt as if I had been let down by Twitter. I had high hopes for creating an empire of real people followers who cared about my content but so does most everyone else. For me, the hype and appeal of what I thought Twitter might be was simply lost. I was disappointed to learn that comments I sent out to people who had followed me couldn’t possibly be seen if they already had 1 million followers they were trying to track!
With all this following and being followed going on I was getting a little dizzy. And then I noticed another disappointing trend occurring on Twitter. I know this because I did it. Since people have real lives, many of those comments and links I was reading were actually being automated each day and being posted by someone else! I soon learned that much of the content on Twitter is a canned advertisement or message that had been planned out days and weeks in advance! Oh the devastation! So the question is, why would I want to read an automated message I had already read the day before and the day before that? Well I didn’t and so I would simply hide the people who posted it. And so I expect, if I was hiding people, other people where hiding people and so on. But what’s the point in that? Well I don’t see any good point really unless you think it’s great to follow and be followed by thousands and thousands of people who probably will never know you exist.
The Famous Person Bandwagon
Now the second problem I have with Twitter is what I call the famous person bandwagon. I am not remotely famous (or wish to be) nor do I wish to follow famous people. Of course it wasn’t always this way. In the beginning I was happy to part of the famous person bandwagon and it was fun. I use to “follow” famous people and at the same time I wanted to see how many followers I could get too. That is until I realized unless you are already a well-known person not many people even know or care that you posted that clever comment to Twitter. So again I don’t understand the appeal of Twitter unless it’s your business to know about famous people or you yourself are famous and Twitter makes you feel macho. (With the exception of Donald Trump because he is already macho and the Left apparently can’t stand it.)
However, like Facebook, I decided to jump off the Twitter bandwagon and say bye-bye to the endless (and sometimes mindless) feed of automated one liners and links that so pervasively permeate the app known as Twitter.