Last week I had one of those days on Twitter that made me stabby. The kind that makes me come thisclose to deleting my account & walking away. Instead I try to remember the “good ole days” when twitter was fun. When I don’t get in a twitter fight with someone over spreading false information about diabetes. When I didn’t have self absorbed people answering stupid Formspring questions in my timeline. When people had actual conversations that didn’t involve extramarital affairs and bodily functions that should only be discussed with a partner or doctor.
I fell in love with Twitter a year ago because it was a way to get information in a new capacity. I met people from all over the world. I started in order to
stalk follow some of the writers of my favorite blogs. Then I discovered the DOC. That was like an awakening for me! I talked to people who shared musical interests or were from places I’d always wanted to visit. I learned new facts and had a lot of laughs. I loved it so much that I even got FF to join (in case you didn’t know, his handle is @red_i_jedi802). It’s all been fun, informative and a great way to meet new people (we had our first tweet up this past weekend – a post to follow!). We even sent Christmas cards to some of these people! We crossed a bridge, became Facebook friends (meaning we exchanged REAL NAMES!) and then, shock of al shocks, exchanged our addresses! These people know my name and where I live?! Oh well, I felt like I could trust these people (looking at zegolf, allie, jaysey & several others!). But I can tell these are good people. They aren’t the people who DM me to tell me how hot redheads are. They aren’t the sick creeps who beg for boobie pics. They are people I wish I lived closer to so I could have drinks with them. So I can hug them when they’re having a bad day and rejoice with them when life is going smoothly.
What I don’t want on Twitter? Your Formsrping questions and your FourSquare check ins. First off – haven’t you all heard that FourSquare is dangerous? Well it’s also strupid – and I don’t give a sweet Christ where you are. It’s also not necessary to update your twitter feed with this information – Foursquare is its own entity. So from now on, if you post these updates, I will unfollow (note: I know some people only use this once in a while. If you are one of those people and we engage in conversation regularly? You are safe.). Also Formsrping? WTF?! How can you be so self absorbed to think that everyone should just ask you questions for you to answer? First off, why not ask on twitter (even through DM)? Secondly, are you that bored that you want to sit in front of a computer (or holding a phone) all day answering questions about your first kiss and your sex life from complete strangers? I say get a hobby. The internet is NOT a hobby. Get outside. Spend time with loved ones. But stop cluttering my timeline with your bullshit that I don’t care about. And to show you just how much I don’t care? I will unfollow. As soon as I see the typical, “Ask me anything http://www.formspring.com” tweet, I will hit the unfollow button. Simple as that. I mean, what in the hell did you do before Twitter? This goes for the “3 Words About Me” shit too. I’m just sick of it. Especially because all of these applications/programs have a place where you can elect NOT to send it to your twitter feed. If you want to? That’s fine. But I will unfollow. Consider yourself warned.
So now you all have warning. I love Twitter and I love the people I’ve met and that I interact with. But I’m going on a cleanse. Only things in my timeline I want to see. If it costs me followers? Oh well, it’s not a loss to me. I don’t care about the number anymore. I’m all about quality over quantity now. I hope I’ll be saying hello to you soon instead of sayonara! XO