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Why I Left Twitter

Friday, May 6 2022 at 2:06 PM

This evening I logged off of Twitter for what I presume will be the last time. I feel like I owe everyone an explanation as to why, because just disappearing seems kind of like a dick move.

I know what you’re thinking, but let me preface this by saying that I’ve toyed with leaving Twitter for a long time now. While Elon Musk’s takeover is certainly a contributing factor, it is not simple cause and effect. I would consider Elon’s fiasco something of a last straw, a final nail in the coffin, certainly not the sole reason.

So, why did I do it? A lot of it comes down to Twitter being bad for my mental health, regardless of the ways I have tried to filter my timeline. I will go through long stretches where everything is just fine, but it doesn’t take much to put my mood into a downward spiral when the right combo hits. I thought I’d enumerate some of the things that have been bugging me.

I am going to miss so many people. I’ve tried to make myself reachable and I hope to keep in touch on Mastodon, and to a lesser extent on IRC.

(An aside about Mastodon: I don’t consider it a replacement for Twitter. It is its own thing. I am not going to ask anyone to jump ship to Mastodon because I’m honestly not sure how much I’m even going to use it myself. It has plenty of issues, it’s not great in plenty of ways. Culturally, though, I do think it’s a bit better than Twitter…)

So for now, it’s good bye. I will close by saying that I chose not to delete my Twitter account for two reasons: first because I wanted to preserve my username and keep what was there as an “historical record”, and second because I wanted to leave a pointer behind explaining where I’d gone.

(UPDATE: I actually did end up deleting my old tweets, and just updated my bio with a pointer)

My love to you all! I hope we meet again soon.