A forgotten anniversary

I had envisaged that I would write something profound on the 1st December: the one year anniversary of me not posting to Twitter.

But I didn't.

I had completely forgotten it until reading Vincent Ritter's post about micro.blog in which he also mentions "quitting Twitter" in December last year:

"In December of last year, 2016, I decided to not post to Twitter anymore. Eventually taking an archive of all tweets and then deleting them from Twitter."

Unlike Vincent I didn't take an archive, just deleted everything and marked my account as private.

Boom, done!

But I haven’t abandoned Twitter completely - I occasionally use it to conduct searches about breaking news, traffic, football matches - and still can’t bring myself to delete my account.

I thought it was because I still considered it part of my online identity, having had a presence there for almost 11 years, but that’s actually not it at all.

I realised that the only reason I keep my account is because the mobile search experience when not logged in is so poor!

Twitter makes great stock of the numbers of tweets seen by those who aren’t logged in, maybe aren’t even users, viewing them embedded elsewhere on the web. Yet when visiting their own site in a mobile browser it is almost impossible to find anything useful.

I’m not sure if I’ll ever tweet again; I’m even less likely to reinstall their app.

Still, it has it’s place and I get what I need from it, when I need it, without having to get mired in the feed.

  1. elliot says: #
    It's interesting to read about a few other people who ditched Twitter completely around the same time as I did last year. I haven't deleted my account either, though only because I don't like the idea of someone else potentially using my username.
  2. Colin Walker says: #
    There is always that. And I suppose not deleting it does always pave the way to a return should the mood ever take us.
  3. Bruce says: #
    Great post. I might even blog about my agreements and disagreements. ;) As for ye olde Twitter, I've somehow managed to curate a not too overwhelming feed that exposes me to some writing I wouldn't find otherwise. Like this article about parole and the absurd number of black men caught up in it.
  4. elliot says: #
    Thanks 😄 A year on, I don't agree with all of it myself! “No categories” certainly went out of the window very quickly, though surprisingly I've managed to refrain from buying any domains which is a small miracle in and of itself.
  5. elliot says: #
    Twitter certainly does surface some good writing, the signal to noise ratio wasn't worth the time investment for me personally though. I've found that a carefully curated set of RSS feeds and newsletters written by people who scour the internet in search of the best content saves a lot of time and surfaces more (though perhaps different) quality content more reliably and more efficiently than Twitter ever did.
  6. elliot says: #
    I suppose so yeah. As things stand at the moment though, you couldn't pay me to take Twitter back into my life.
  7. elliot says: #
    Thanks! Not all of them have stuck, but what I'd consider to be the important ones have.
  8. Bruce says: #
    Also helps that I only follow 334 accounts. And I should probably prune that a bit.
  9. elliot says: #
    I'd say that most of my time on Twitter was probably spent in the mid-to-high 200s and I think even that was probably too many for me. I suppose it comes down to how vocal the accounts you follow are.
  10. Bruce says: #
    True. I try not to be a completionist though. Twitterrific helps as it will throw away any but the most recent 999 posts (still a ton, but I don't have to read them all).

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