I’m conflicted when it comes to using Twitter. At least in the way that I’m currently using it. (Staying updated on political happenings, often and “loudly” voicing my opinion.) When I started my account forever ago, I’m sure that I didn’t even have any idea what I wanted to use it for – but everyone was signing up for a Twitter account, so…
For a long time it was where I’d dump random thoughts or mention when I was doing this or that. Probably the same way a lot of people use Twitter. Posting stuff that may be “worthy of posting” to me, my family, my few friends… but nothing worth archiving, nothing that most of the world would give a shit about.
It was also nice that I was able to add a sidebar to my site where the tweets could be displayed, because that way I could still talk about things that might be of interest – but not so much that it warranted its own entry here. More like “thoughts on the fly” rather than sitting down here at the laptop and banging out a lengthy stream of thought.
Then I started following more and more news sites, government officials, political reporters, etc… and since I have strong feelings on that topic, eventually most of my posts turned into political ones. Whether in replies to someone else, or posts that I made on my own – it was no longer just a “whatever” type of frivolous place for random thoughts… well, it was… but those types of tweets would get buried under all the political ones.
I don’t know why so many of us are compelled to present our arguments, to attempt to change people’s minds or make them see something that they aren’t seeing… because that’s not how Twitter works. That’s not how people work. Tweeting in that way is about as effective as tweeting at a stray dog that wanders up to your front porch, but we find ourselves doing it anyway. Someone like me, who enjoys debate – when both parties are willing to have some give and take, there’s just not much we can actually get from Twitter.
But anyway, since it has become an exercise in frustration, I’ve decided that I’m gonna drop that method of Twitter use. I’ve actually created a second account, one where I can start from scratch, that will soon be the account that you see displayed in the sidebar here on the site. I couldn’t just wipe my original Twitter account and just “pretend” that it was new, because due to my political tweeting I have gained a surprising amount of followers.. Followers who care about my political postings, not the tweets where I’m bitching about my shoulder hurting or that the cat is snoring too loudly. So I basically had to start the new account since you can’t “kick people out” as followers.
The new handle is @RamblingToe, which seems appropriate. The changeover should happen soon.