I am aware that nobody really cares about it, but I just deleted all my tweets.
Actually, there is one person that cares: me. And that’s precisely why I have deleted them.
I have had an on/off relationship with twitter for a long time. I am not sure when I signed on to the service for the first time, but I still lived in Madrid, so that would be at least 11 years ago. In these 11 years I think I have deleted and reactivated my account at least twice.
This time it is different though.
This summer I have jumped into the iOS beta track extremely early, and on all my devices, including my phone.
One of the new features of iOS 12 is something called “Screen Time”, which provides a very interesting view of the way you use your devices.
I had never realised how much time I have been wasting on twitter every day until I saw the charts in front of me. It was more that two hours per day!
So I decided to set a time limit for my twitter client (1 minute a day) and to remove the app from my home screen burying it in a folder.
It’s been a week since I did that, and this morning I noticed that I wouldn’t have even needed to set a time limit. I have not launched the app in more than a week!
That has given me an opportunity to realise that:
- I am a bit more clam. I am perfectly aware that the world has turned into a place where racism and plain old fascism are rampant, enabled and promoted by some governments and most of the media, but I don’t need to be constantly reminded of it, for hours, every day.
- Twitter is guilty of that spread as well. They keep justifying giving a voice to those spreading hate speech. I don’t want to be a part of that.
- I read books again. I have the privilege of deciding my own work hours, so I have the privilege of being able to set aside some time, every day, where I have nothing to do. Now I can spend that time reading.
- I haven’t written anything in this blog in ages. I miss writing, even if there is nobody reading.
Twitter and flickr were the only two social platforms, that I’ve ever participated in, actively. I still miss flickr, I don’t think I’ll miss twitter.