I stopped using Twitter about three months ago. For a few years I was an active consumer of Twitter content, but never tweeted much. I would religiously log into Tweetbot (both macOS and iOS) and view all the new tweets in my timeline.
Over the last year or so, it became more like a chore. It was sort of like another inbox. And the U.S. presidential campaign was exhausting, so I started muting a lot of keywords.
Now that I’ve been away, I don’t miss it. I sort of miss seeing links to interesting articles, but not enough to lure me back.
Possibly the biggest benefit of mostly avoiding Twitter is that I no longer need to endure inane April Fool’s Day jokes and pranks.
The second biggest benefit is that I no longer need to be involved in the Twitter outrage machine. It’s easy to get caught up with one side or the other, but on Twitter there’s no nuance, so everything is polarizing.
And lastly, it’s nice to have an extra 30+ minutes per day to devote to other activities. Like writing a short blog post…