Sorry, Twitter, it's me, not you.
You’re absolutely right about this. I met a handful of friends, but it’s mostly a dumpster fire hivemind of constant drama
Twitter is such an icky place. The people who truly want to support you and your work will find you. It took ditching my large Twitter account and keeping it very small to feel ok on Twitter again and still I don't think Twitter is worthwhile. I think the changes you are making are courageous! I found you on Twitter and I'm glad I did, but Twitter is over. This new chapter you've embarked on has me really excited for you and inspired by you 🤍 Good things are ahead
I've been on Twitter since 06. I only really started trying to gain followers and comments in recent years, but after reading your rant, I'm kind of glad that I kept to its shallow waters. There was a lot to like about Twitter, and I still like to it for the sake of keeping up to the moment with news stories. The Elon change has really affected that aspect of it, though. There's so much more reactionary stuff on there, and I can really only take so much of a platform that functions just to make people argue all the time. Sighhhhh.
I'm gettig ready to make the final break as well. I'm currently active on Post.News. It is an excellent platform and is run by sane people who monitor the crazies. I'm hoping more writers will join me there. It's a small community, but it is growing. @jlhenker
I think I'm in a relationship with this same asshole. Lol
Great post, Cassandra-I see what you see.
The whole industry thing, it's why I never worked hard to get published...well, one "why" at least. I came of age in the 80's-90's, so pre-digital for the most part. I ended up writing mostly poems for me, my family, and friends. It was always the cathartic act of writing that mattered anyways. I'm glad you've done what needed doing. Always be your own north star. It really sucks when you get of course, but you know that.
Well, now you make me want to close my personal Twitter and keep it to my publisher project only. 😨
Still keeping it but like an old school friend, we see each other but have no real impact on each others lives. Ancient though I am (no really) I am even over Facebook - last week I had a US General wanting to be my 'friend' - as if! It amused my hubby of 50 years.
Couldn't agree more. I broke up with social media in 2020 & ever since, I've had higher self-esteem, take rejection better, and am more intentional in how I engage with presses, lit mags, and my chosen community of writers. Thank you for this post.