I’ve been trying to conduct an introspective review to figure out what exactly it is about Twitter that I despise. I’m sure there’s no single reason, but I think I’ve landed on a big one.
I’m tired of reading other people’s advice.
It’s not just people I’ve followed. I went back to square one, and I still see tweets from people spouting all kinds of advice. At some point, it’s time to stop listening to all the advice and just get out there and make things happen.
Now, there is a time and place for advice. Advice is a two-way street that requires the advice-giver to understand the advice-taker’s circumstances. The best advice is sourced from true experience and is tailored to an individual.
But at this stage, I’d rather have information instead of advice. There’s probably plenty of that on Twitter too, but I don’t have time to weed through it all.
Maybe I need some sort of algorithm that I can train. I’d force myself to read a lot of tweets (think the eyes pinned open in A Clockwork Orange), and I can tag the ones I don’t want to see and the good ones that I want to see more of. Over time, then I would only be served what I want to see. I would still be at the mercy of Twitter’s algorithm unless Elon Musk overhauls that at some point.
I remembered trying to train the algo to suit what I need. Clicking on “Not interested in this tweet” all the time. Unfollowing folks I didn’t like. Following the ones I do. Toggling through loads of Settings under Privacy and safety > Content you see. Unfortunately it takes months I think. Not sure if that’s something you have time or interest for. Or you can simply nuke your account and start over like @viking_sec? Delete your account, or all tweets or followers or something?
My solution is to avoid the app as much as possible. It’s not difficult.
Haha yes that’s probably the simplest solution.