Why I Rarely Use Twitter These Days

Twitter used to be a routine part of my life. I’d check it almost every day. If I saw something interesting I’d share it. If there was an interesting conversation, I’d jump in. And then, about 5 or 6 months ago, I kind of just stopped. I couldn’t quite articulate why until I read Look and Feel and Feel by Jason Fried, who described his feelings towards Twitter after signing up for Instagram:

Since then, every time I’ve gone back to Twitter, I’ve noticed I’ve felt anxious, unhappy, uncomfortable. I didn’t notice this before I started using Instagram, because I didn’t have anything to contrast it with. It was just the way it was, and I didn’t think much about how it made me feel.

Every scroll through Twitter puts at least one person’s bad day, shitty experience, or moment of snark in front of me. These are good happy people — I know many of them in real life — but for whatever reason, Twitter is the place they let their shit loose. And while it’s easy to do, it’s not comfortable to be around. I don’t enjoy it.

What he said. 100%. I thought about it some more, and I don’t really need Twitter on a daily basis. I get my e-commerce news from RSS, my tech news from podcasts, my business news from Businessweek magazine, and a bit of everything from the occasional glance at the Google News app on my phone. If it’s important, I’ll hear about it. I don’t need Twitter – and everything that comes along with it – for that.

That’s not to say that I dislike Twitter. I think it’s a world-changing technology. And even though I don’t use it daily, I still: auto-post my blog posts, pop in to my sports list during live sports, check it first when I suspect a site/service is down, use it to contact companies I can’t reach via email, and use it to thank people who make great apps/sites/books/music.

It’s still quite a useful tool for me, and I’m sure at times I’ll hop in and use it more than I do now for one reason or another, however I probably won’t go back to checking it every single day as one of my main sources for what’s happening.