The Perils of Twitter

I never really used to like Twitter.  Maybe it’s a generational thing, but I always found it too fast.  I struggled to keep up and never seemed to know what was happening.

Then recently I started interacting a bit more.  I found a love for Twitter chats and events, such as #thegirlgang’s movie night, where we all watched Mean Girls at the same time and chatted about it.  They’re doing another one (Clueless this time) on Saturday and I literally can’t wait.

I’ve started to get to know people.  I now have people who’s names I recognise, who I chat with pretty frequently and who hopefully think they’re getting to know me a little too.  I’ve dedicated time to sharing posts, using hashtags to maximise their impact.  I have started to notice the advantages of embracing Twitter and all it can offer.  My followers have improved dramatically since I’ve put some effort in.  Best of all, I’ve begun to feel part of a community of bloggers, which is a really nice feeling.

However, there are definite downsides.  Not only does Twitter act as some kind of vacuum where you get sucked into a never-ending cycle of “I’ll just hit refresh one last time”, but it also highlights the fact that people, in general, can be really bloody annoying. Here are my top 3 Twitter sinners who I will almost instantaneously unfollow:

1 – The judge, jury and exectutioners.  You know the type – they hear a shred of gossip and leap to any number of conclusions.  I like to believe I’m quite a reasonable person and I would always prefer to hear both sides to a story before making any snap judgements.  When I spot someone with a lynch mob mentality without getting the facts first, I will hit “Unfollow”.

2 – The Easily offended.  Some people really can’t take a joke.  Or they think certain topics are off limits when it comes to making fun.  Now, I have a really dark sense of humour.  I truly believe laughter is the best medicine and there have been many occasions in the past couple of years where I had made a comment that it a little risque! That’s just how I work. I really can’t stand it when people get up on their soap box because somebody dared to make a mildly inappropriate joke.  I don’t agree with malicious jokes which are designed to offend or attack individuals or groups, but if you can’t take a harmless jest, there’s now place for you in my follow list.

3 – The Trolls.  I know you shouldn’t let these people get to you, but I get so frustrated by people who make aggressive, confrontational statements with the sole purpose of attracting attention and inviting people to enter into a (largely unsatisfactory) discussion.  I try so hard not to engage with these people, as the attention just encourages them, but they REALLY grind my gears.  They really need to learn the saying “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”.

Sadly, I have ended up unfollowing some of my new acquaintances because they fell into one (or all) of these categories.  I can be a very negative person, and to counter-balance my own negativity, I want to surround myself with positive, happy people.  People who can have a decent conversation without being confrontational or argumentative.  People who are fair and try to see things from another person’s point of view.

I hate unfollowing people, as it makes me feel like I’m being mean and rejecting them.  However  the fact is, this is my Twitter feed and I should fill it with the kind of things I want to read.  And if you don’t like something I say, please unfollow me too.  I promise I won’t be offended.

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