I have been thinking about this for a year. I think now is the time to pull the trigger. I have handed over my Twitter account to Philip (the managing editor here) who will be tweeting out links, etc. on my account while I figure out how I want to use Twitter, if at all.
Twitter used to be fun. I met new people and as we interacted more we became friends. But the signal to noise ratio has gotten out of whack. I changed my notification settings to only see notifications from people who follow me. That improved things a bit, but not significantly. Then I changed to seeing only people who I followed and who followed me.
But it just isn't the same and there's a nagging thought in the back of my head. Twitter, like the President, brings out the worst in so many of us -- myself included. I know there are times when I can come off as a raging a--hole on Twitter even when it is not my intent. And then there is the temptation on occasion just to stir the pot.
The feedback loop of mentions can be like a drug. Your mentions and notifications slow down so you tweet again. Not enough? Be provocative. I honestly think Twitter is no longer edifying. The trolls have taken over and they're dragging everyone else down. I don't want to be a part of that. It is not good for my sanctification.
I value the flow of news that comes through Twitter. I probably cannot get away from it altogether because it is so useful for preparing my radio show. But for the next couple of weeks, I'm going to leave it alone. I've deleted the app from my phone. I've deleted the stand alone apps from my Mac. I invited some of my friends into a Slack group that perhaps can serve as one of the twelve steps away from Twitter addiction.
Honestly, the only social media I like is Instagram and it is where I try to avoid political posts. If I have something to say, I'll say it here.