We all have experienced a love hate relationship at some point in our lives. My current love hate relationship is with Twitter. Like most people who are involved in social media at some point, when Twitter was born I was in like flint. I didn’t really “get it” and thought it was kinda pointless to tell people “what I was doing” all the time… but I went along for the ride and as it evolved and it became more of a communication tool I fell in love with it…
Then things happened in my life and Twitter was used to hurt me, to drive stakes into my heart so to speak. I hated it at that time. I drew back and made my account private. I screened my followers and the people I was following ruthlessly. I just didn’t have the passion for it any more.
Then life changed yet again, I had a great set of Twitter friends who loved and supported me through the good and the bad. I was private, I had the control. We all know that Twitter was my lifeline during the early weeks of Kade’s life. So I fell in love with Twitter again.
I felt confident enough to open my account again so that I could connect with more mothers, and expand the world of advise and support. But lately, I don’t know, there is *something* that is making me fall out of love with Twitter again. An underlying passive aggressiveness. Sometimes a very blatant sense of aggressiveness. Not towards me directly. But amongst the realm of the world I “live” in on Twitter. Too much “know it all attitude” that hurts feelings and people lashing back. Too many underlying barbs and nastiness. There is very much a gang like mentality brewing where when a disagreement occurs between one or two people, a pack is formed and sides are taken and maliciousness is spewed forth.
It’s become a place where it’s seemingly acceptable to just say whatever you want without any regard to the other person’s feelings and I’m not really comfortable with that. I don’t know what it is about the anonymity of the internet that makes people think it’s ok to behave in that manner. I seriously doubt that anyone would actually behave that way face to face unless seriously pushed towards the edge… so why do we think it’s ok to behave this way on the internet?
I’m finding myself pulling back from Twitter again. Trying to quiet the voices that are all clamouring to purge themselves in a negative manner.
Maybe I’ll fall back in love with Twitter again, but for now, I’m again in a hate place of my relationship with it. Perhaps a sign that it’s time to give it a skip altogether?
What do you think about Twitter at the moment?