Update: March 7th, 2018
Gosh, I was in a bad mood when I wrote this. I think I was just burned out at the time, needed a break. At some point I decided to be the positive force on Twitter that I wanted to see. I’m back to trying to make the world be a brighter, more awesome place. I thought about deleting this post but I’m gonna leave it up as a reminder that it’s ok to take a break sometimes. The world will keep moving with or without you.
I unfollowed everyone on Twitter last night.
Thanks to my good friend Sean for sharing that he was doing this and for planting the idea in my brain.
The noise was just too much. It wasn’t really the people I was following (many of them are great people doing awesome things); it was the broader Twitter.
Twitter hasn’t been the same since mid-2016 when Donald Trump started running. The weirdos came out. The stupid people felt empowered. Now the platform is overrun with them.
It’s a cesspool. It’s a negative, hateful place. Even on a good day, it seems like most people are just talking and complaining about all the bad things in the world. Fear and anger get amplified.
Twitter used to be a place where you’d go to talk to cool people and see what they were up to. It doesn’t feel like that now.
I don’t want to see it anymore. I want to live more locally. I want to have more real conversations with friends and people close to me. I want to stop getting my news about the world from a website designed to make money from my attention. I want to pay real journalists for news.
And most importantly, I don’t want to see the hatred and bile spewing from people who think our fucking joke of a president has good ideas.
I finally really understand the danger of building on someone else’s platform. If I didn’t have my email list, I would have lost access to 500-1000 people who are interested in the work I do.
From now on, email is coming first. If I’m going to work on a project, I’m going to collect email addresses. If I want to share something, I’ll send an email to those people.
Maybe I’ll get back to blogging regularly. Maybe I’ll start a new podcast.
Either way, I’m going to focus more on my work and my personal relationships, and not waste any more time on Twitter.