Why tweets *always* age poorly
And why Twitter is the lowest form of media: Seaside Joe 1419
People do not have good opinions. People form good opinions.
That’s why for the second and final time, I have quit Twitter. I can no longer debase myself and devalue the power of a good article by slangin’ the muck with the lowest form of media. Not every thought a person has during their day is worth sharing, and for the vast majority of the social media muck that’s what Twitter readers are getting: Someone else’s off-hand throwaway thoughts.
Maybe it only takes you one or two seconds to read someone else’s brain trash, but I know that I personally have spent thousands of hours doing just that. And contributing to it. I have not tweeted since the Bills-Bengals game on Monday Night Football, and though I will continue to share Seaside Joe articles on social media, I will never share my thoughts on that website again.
I remain conflicted as to whether or not to have any interactions with Twitter, including sharing tweets, but it is a step-by-step process for me to find out what will work best. In any case, I believe that Twitter is going the way of Facebook at best, MySpace at worst. It’s getting old, it’s been tedious for years, and I have a feeling that site exhaustion will force society to move somewhere else by 2025.
That’s one of the reasons why I pushed all my chips into the newsletter game 1,419 days ago. I was letting a website take all of my thoughts, all of my research, and all of my energy to create content about the NFL and the Seahawks and what does Twitter give users in return? Fake social scores (a large percentage of which is LITERALLY fake interactions by bots) that carry little-to-no value in the real world now, and certainly no value when the site becomes defunct. People will argue that there’s proof that success on Twitter translates to job offers, and that’s technically true, but have you noticed that when PFF or The Athletic hires someone based on social scores that the eventual product on their websites is…substandard and infrequent?
I’ve hired or worked with writers based on a social score and from personal experience, it doesn’t yield the results you expect. Let’s just say that. Because maybe writers can tweet, but not all tweeters can write. And I’m not even sure writers can or should tweet…I certainly won’t.
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