shortfall Posts: 3,288
edited November 2019 in The cake stop
Having ditched Facebook about 10 years ago I decided to dip my toe back into the world of social media. I had no desire to return to FB so I opened a Twitter account to see what I was missing. And the answer it seems is a load of s.h.i.t. Is it just me or does it consist largely of angry people retweeting articles that appeal to their own prejudices and adding their own banal comments in support?
By follow, I mean I've got the web page bookmarked. I've not signed up.
I find it worrying that if you need to contact a customer services department at a company, half the time the only way to get a response is via social media. It's like submitting your warranty claim to giant/trek/canyon etc. by posting on this forum.
It is good for breaking news and traffic updates
The wider Twitter world can be a bit of a cesspit. Any online 'forum' seems to bring out the worst in certain people but with Twitter that effect seems to be of a higher order of magnitude. It can be a very, very nasty place. Having said that you can avoid it fairly easily by carefully selecting what you follow and avoiding a lot fo the comments!
I also know some people who get their "news" from twitter. I told them that unless it's gone through some sort of editorial process and at least a little bit of fact checking, then it's not news, but rumour.
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For example, my twitter follow list is UK politics, Pro Cycling and a bit of work related stuff (although not directly associated obvs). I then use Instagram to follow hobbies and friends.
There is also no shame in not following people if their twitter feed doesn't match what you like about them. For example a journo whose column i might like to read, but who just retweets his own links. See also CyclingNews who just constantly spam retweet their articles 20 times a day