Saturday, September 8, 2018

Adjusting, not quitting - Part two: Twitter

Oh, Twitter, how you frustrate me!

I thought I had the solution back in June. I was wrong!

It's so hard to stay connected to people who I think are basically good but are so very angry and use Twitter as their anger toxic waste dump.

And I'm so tired of seeing likes sprinkled through my feed. Likes are tweets that you nod at but aren't good enough to retweet.

And the ads, oh, the ads! They pop up every third or fourth tweet and 90% of them are about things I don't care about at all.

So, at 2AM last Friday morning, I declared to the world that I was temporarily done with Twitter and during the five days I was away, I figured out a solution.

The solution for me that brought back my enjoyment of Twitter has two parts.

First and most important and something I never tried before -  I turned off ALL Twitter notifications.

If you DM me, if you like a tweet, if you retweet me, etc. None of it pings my phone. I even have the badge icon turned off. I go to Twitter when I want to. When I open the app, the internal notification icon shows if I have something there to look it. I am now totally in control of the app. Before, anyone who interacted with me controlled the app and controlled the pings on my phone and it was downright distracting.

On my tablet, I have some notifications on but my tablet is not always near me. I don't have sounds on. I do see the notifications on the lock screen when I choose to go to the tablet (which sits nowhere near my home office desk) and open it.

The big lesson from this: I am in control.

Second, I am using lists like never before and I have multiple ones, all private. I rarely see my feed now. I go straight to the lists. In lists, you don't see likes. That's a big plus. My lists are filled with people I don't actually follow so they don't clutter up my main feed if I want to look at it. I have a list of creative people that I love to browse through. Most of my retweets come from there.

My muted folks are all in one list together. These are the angry tweeters. I still look in there about once a day because I do want to stay connected to them. I just can't handle all-day bombardments of negativity any more.

I'm still tweaking my lists but between removing notifications and adding the lists, my enjoyment of Twitter has really increased.

I adjusted.
No more quitting.

On to the next "problem" - this site!

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