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Moving away from Twitter


Last Friday, I chose to honor the movement #WomenBoycottTwitter for a full day, not because I'm a woman, but because I've noticed browsing Twitter specifically puts me in a bad mood. This started a bout a year ago with the fateful election of Donald Trump to President of the United States of America and it slowly grew worse over time.

On the same platform, I blocked 3,920 accounts promoting tweets and muted 97 accounts I deemed uninteresting, numbers I would be hard pressed to match on the #Fediverse / #Federation. As long as I was otherwise enjoying the service I didn't mind too much, but now it just looks silly.

However, I have contacts I only have through Twitter, and I'm not ready to completely sever all my ties with them. As a temporary solution, I've enabled #Friendica's Twitter plugin to import my timeline from Twitter in my feed. It's going to increase the volume by about an order of magnitude, so I proceeded to weed out chatty contacts who only made sense on Twitter.

I still have an open account on Twitter, but at least I won't be using their clients, seeing their ads or being shown random offensive tweets on popular retweets. The only regret I have is about Private Messages that aren't compatible with Friendica's. I hope people I know will send me text messages instead but I know it won't happen unless I do it. It's an unfortunate side effect of leaving convenient platforms and I already have first-hand experience of this phenomenon after I was kicked from Facebook.

Thanks for reading!
This entry was edited (2 months ago)
Follow-up post for people who missed it: On Twitter's toxicity