I gave up Twitter this morning. I deleted my account. I no longer exist in the Twittersphere. I feel free.
Going cold turkey was hard, but it’s for the best. There are better, less annoying, more fun ways to network, share links and spout wisdom. I’m going to use those instead. RSS was invented so people could broadcast information to subscribers. I’m sick of letting Twitter own my conversations when I have my own channels.
I’m sick of trying to extract virtue from 140-character snippets of people’s lives. I’m sick of feeling like I have to follow someone or they’ll think I don’t value their opinion. I’m sick of people following me just so I’ll follow them.
I’m sick of brands using Twitter as an indication of what I think of them. I’m sick of companies thinking they can interrupt my conversations and engage me just because I mention their product. If they really did care, they’d treat me like a friend. They’d ask me before there was a problem and make a serious attempt to find out what I want. They’d value my time more than they valued theirs. Twitter lets them eavesdrop and lets them go to sleep at night believing they actually give a shit. I refuse to let them have it that easy.
I’m sick of wasting time. I’m sick of the overload. I’m sick of missing the beautiful trees because the forest got in the way.
I’m sick of trying to be the first, the smartest, the coolest, the most popular. I’m sick of everyone else trying to be the first, the smartest, the coolest, the most popular.
I’m sick of Twitter. And I feel much better without it. Give it up, even for just a week. I guarantee you’ll feel better too.