Lazy Sunday Thoughts: Twitter Quitter?

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Hello, everybody! It’s February. I never thought I’d say this but, I hope the weather will be better than January’s. We get some snow, followed by rain, then it freezes. Basically, I’m living in a skating rink. Our city has forgotten that people use sidewalks for walking, so a trip to the gym might end with an actual trip. I did get to do some snowshoeing before the rain came once again. That was fun. Anyway, enough about the weather.

I made a deliberate decision not to visit Twitter for a few days earlier this week. Twitter has been getting on my nerves lately, either it’s full of self-promotion or stresses me out. It used to be a pleasant distraction, but now it puts up my blood pressure. I’m not sure if Twitter changed, or I changed, but something changed. The thing is there are still people on Twitter who I rarely see anywhere else on the internet these days. People I like seeing and chatting up.

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Also, I went on Twitter for a few minutes today and saw a photo of a llama photobombing tourists in Machu Picchu. That was delightful. It made Twitter worth it for about 10 seconds.

Twitter Users: How do you feel about Twitter now? Do you limit your use? How do you manage your account? Is it your preferred social media outlet or is there something else you like better?

On to what I’ve been reading this week. I started The Sundial by Shirley Jackson. What a whacked out story. All the characters are hilarious in their awfulness. I’m loving it.

Make-up wearers! Have you seen Andi’s Makeup posts? I’m enjoying them. When I have the time, I’ve been looking up makeup tutorials and it’s mostly her fault. I’m never going to master the cat eye though. It’s never going to happen.

That’s all I have to talk about today. Enjoy your Super Bowling! I hope your team scores all the points!

18 comments:

  1. I think Twitter has changed. It seems like there's a lot less more promotion--whether self-promotion or promotion of causes. The former is annoying and the latter is stressful. I like Twitter for general chit-chat, sometimes serious but usually pretty light, and it's harder to do that with so much other noise. And a lot of people that I enjoyed chatting with aren't around as much. I haven't found anything else I like as much, though.

    It's probably time to go through my list of who I'm following to at least weed out the high-volume tweeters who don't add much value.

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    1. I discovered that I can create lists and just follow those. I'll do that when the noise is too much.

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  2. Hurrah, I am glad you are liking The Sundial! I love it so much!

    Twitter: I still love it, but I definitely do not judge people who don't want to deal with it.

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    1. Maybe I've been on it too long.

      I'm loving The Sundial!

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  3. Twitter definitely raises my blood pressure. I just started to use lists more efficiently and have made liberal use of the mute button. It has helped. A lot.

    Andi is influencing so many of us lately, isn't she? The cat-eye is actually pretty easy. I can do that but can't do eye shadow to save my life. LOL.

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    1. I have noticed this week that the people on my lists rarely tweet!

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  4. I've been using Twitter less and less over the last two or three years. I've been more into Instagram and Facebook these days. Facebook feels more like a "safe" place to have conversations, and Instagram's just fun.

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    1. I really like Instagram. It helps to see the lives of the people I meet online without all the background noise.

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  5. I still love my twitter, though I do agree that it is changing. I have a special list of people I follow who i generally have good conversations with. Sometimes it is the only thing i check. Really it depends on the day and the time.

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    1. I like having the option of switching back and forth from the All list to just a short list.

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  6. Twitter changed something in their settings so even though I do not have notifications turned on, I am notified every time a friend of a friend posts something on Twitter. I really don't care about friends of friends. Plus, it's like yelling into a room full of people. Some will hear you, most won't.

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    1. I keep getting them for Tweet other people have retweeted or favorited. I hate it! I don't care what people are retweeting.

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  7. I've been using twitter less but I'm not sure why. When I do use it, I invariably end up unfollowing people who are too self-promoting or, well, just annoying. I miss some of the big conversations that used to happen on there. You hardly see those anymore.

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    1. Yeah, they rarely happen now. It's sad how my online interactions are changing.

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  8. I agree about Twitter too. I only glance at it a few times a day now, so maybe that has something to do with it as well?!? Time away makes me see it more clearly?? I don't know. I will say that I do use Tweetdeck though, separating out my special lists to follow, so I really rarely follow my entire feed anymore.

    BTW, I am so excited because I get to try snowshoeing for the first time this weekend! I can't wait!!

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    1. Yay! I hope you like snowshoeing. It's such good exercise.

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  9. "Basically, I’m living in a skating rink. Our city has forgotten that people use sidewalks for walking..." You have just perfectly summed up why I try very hard not to go outside here in winter.

    I don't use Twitter as much any more, but I do still like it. I hate the blowups and promotion, definitely - but I like favouriting and retweeting funny things, and getting insta-news, and occasionally I do actually have something to share. HOWEVER, I also go back and cull my timeline and favourites now, keep everything tidy. Mostly that's removing a lot of the back-and-forth chatting stuff that's long over, and stuff I've posted when I'm grumpy. :D

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  10. I've never been the biggest Twitter advocate, but I do enjoy it much more than Facebook. You might already do this, but if you take a few minutes to set up TweetDeck really well (or other apps - I just know TweetDeck the best personally), you can make private lists of the stuff you do enjoy seeing - lists for "favorite people" "news sources" "bloggers" "publishers" "comedians" - - anyone you enjoy seeing most on Twitter. Then when you open up TweetDeck you can see columns with content only from those lists. That really helps me enjoy Twitter more and interact with the kinds of tweets / people I'm in the mood for at a particular moment. I have lists for book bloggers, travel sites, local news and events, favorite people, and my favorite sports team - and viewing all these separated in columns is so much easier.

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