I just deleted my Twitter account. Since April 2008, when I signed onto Twitter, it was my favorite social media platform. True, there were some rough periods until I learned how to block people and terms, but for the most part it was wonderful.
closest to Twitter I’m going to get
What I find interesting is that I’ve written a lot of articles about Twitter, including this one from back in February, when my online social media life seemed to be the only thing I could relate to, 5 months after my mother had passed away. I’m surprised I didn’t write about my issues with the “new guy” possibly taking over Twitter, who I’d never heard of until maybe 4 years ago, and didn’t know anything about until last year, trying to back out, the Twitter board working hard to force him to buy it so they could all get rich quickly and then him finally buying it last Friday.
I fussed about it enough in person and on Slack; how the heck did I forget to fuss about it here? Well… when I think about it, the thought that this particular guy was saying he was going to buy Twitter, then made a bid on it, totally freaked me out. It threw off my balance, and at the time all I could think about was creating a page on Facebook where I could share things I’ve written and videos I’ve created, without any thought about the fact that I would no longer share any of that stuff on Twitter again if the deal went through.
With that said, I have to admit that I totally lament the loss of being on Twitter. I had basically set it up so that I was connected to a 5th of the people who were following me. I had blocked lots of words and topics I didn’t want to see in my feed, and overall my Twitter stream was pretty peaceful. I probably could have stayed on Twitter and not had anything getting in my way of enjoying it like normal.
But I don’t roll like that. I don’t accept bad behavior in any way, which includes the way he decided to ruin my Twitter life and indirectly has allowed stuff like this to start happening since he decided to advocate freedom of speech (which, if he expects advertisers to use the platform anymore, that’s not going to work), Kyrie doing stupid stuff like this and getting away with it, and, for once, “this guy” finally has to deal with repercussions for his stupidity and rhetoric.
I’d rather not deal with any of them, and I’m pretty good at that. I’ve never been a fan of “that guy” (nope, not saying any of his names), and knew since 2009 that he was going to be trouble and I’ve been totally right. But his fans constantly forgave him; now it’s kind of a 50-50 split; some folks are hard to convince on what’s proper.
I knew Kyrie was going to be trouble in 2017 when he demanded a trade from the Cleveland basketball team, and every year he’s been consistent in being more of a troublemaker than a world class athlete. Colin Kaepernack stood up for a cause and a “people”; Kyrie stood up for the right to infect and kill people, tried to stop NBA players from playing in 2020 when he wasn’t able to play because he was out during an injury, and now this recent antisemitic stuff… who’s actually surprised by all of this?
Ugh… sigh… back to talking about what I loved about being on Twitter. I talked to people all around the world; I got to help edit one of Guy Kawasaki’s books. I got to talk to a bunch of celebrities and social media influencers, all of whom followed and reached out to me first (Kathy Ireland, Nile Rodgers, Derrick Coleman, and Taye Diggs to name a few). I also got to meet a lot of social media influencers there, which was pretty cool.
But along came the second “he who must not be named“, and that was the last straw. I don’t support bad behavior from anyone, even entitled billionaires. I knew what was coming so I stopped participating back in April, and I held out until last Friday, when he officially took over… and still got to keep Tesla after having a few other billionaires decide to back him taking it over.
A couple of friends asked why I let someone else ruin my fun; I said because I can’t support anything or anyone I don’t trust. When all a person has to do is throw their financial weight around to get what they want, especially if it affects others, they’re not trustworthy in my opinion. He’s not the first rich person I’ve disassociated with, and probably won’t be the last.
It’s always about having standards; if you can’t hold onto your ethics, what use are you to anyone else? At least I’m not going to remove most of what I’ve written in the past about how to use the site better; I’m not quite that petty, and as long as it might help those who decide to stick around, I’ll leave it here… for at least a while.
That’s all I’ve got; I’ll easily move on from there.