Thursday, December 7, 2017

Leaving twitter

So I killed my Twitter account (@bomoko).

In a few days, if the warnings are to be believed, my data will be gone for good.

Now, it's not like this is going to cause a major shakeup in the world. I'm nobody. I had only around 7000 tweets (which, when you think of it, shockingly, makes around a short novel's worth of writing), and nearly 500 followers.
Small beer.

But I think it's probably a good move. For me, at least.

On the public front, I think Twitter's refusal to really clamp down on bullying and hate speech is simply not right. They are a company, not a public utility, and so can choose to use their technology however they see fit.
They're a money-making machine and not a vehicle of social improvement or justice, and they're entitled to be that, but I don't have to contribute my words, my time, or my pageviews.

More privately, I've never really felt comfortable on twitter. I've met two or three good friends there, but I communicate with them via email now.
On twitter I feel like I'm at a party and everyone is cool, but I'm just a little out of step with the rest of them.
I don't have a problem with not fitting in, but I don't like the feeling that I'm trying to fit in (or the pressure to fit in).

So I'm going to be focusing more on this blog, submitting stories, and working on Open Source software. I want to build a body of online work, that's as thoughtful and as deep as I can make it, and I don't think twitter aligns with that.

So yeah.

See you around (here).

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