How about Twitter these days?
I’ve always enjoyed social media and the information sharing, community building and friendships that has come with it.
Before we knew what “social media” was, I was connecting via blog writing and AOL chat rooms. In the early 2000s, I made digital friends via blogging. Then MySpace, then Facebook, then Twitter.
As a journalist and community builder, finding ways to engage, build relationships and share information runs central to who I am.
Twitter, by far, has had the most impact on my digital life and, quite honestly, my real life.
I used to enjoy saying, “Most of my friends are from Twitter.” And it was true!
Before most journalists knew what Twitter was, I was already finding sources and searching for story ideas via tweets. Over the course of several years, I taught fellow journalists to use Twitter.
As time went on and more people began using Twitter, the social media site went from a thoughtful cafe to a rowdy bar. I still found community, but finding and keeping those strong connections took more effort — like trying to move through a crowded bar and shout, “WHAT DID YOU SAY?” each time your friend says something. You know the scene.
From a news perspective, Twitter has been nothing more than a vacuum of people whose thoughts and words mean very little off the platform.
But with the real-time demise of Twitter, people are jumping ship and seeking new places to set up digital residences.
I dusted off my Reddit and Discord accounts; I tried navigating my way into an account on Mastodon; I opened accounts on Tribel, Cohost, and counter.social; and even considered giving LinkedIn more of a shot.
I’m not sure what my end game is — except that I plan on using Twitter less often.
I may go retro and blog more (here or maybe on Substack).
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