I'm not very active on Twitter but I do follow a lot of developers. What drives me crazy about Twitter, and social media in general, is that even the most innocent and non-political topics eventually turn political and then it gets nasty. Or people you follow decide to start going on political rants. Everyone should be able to express themselves but unfortunately it's a turn off for me. But when I do go on there (like once a week) it's like a treasure trove of blogs, new libraries, etc.
I see what you're saying, but I also have a hard time relating. There's a lot going on in the world that many people like to compartmentalize as "political" when in reality, these things happening are very real and apparent in others' lives.
For example, there are a lot of people talking about women's health and abortion laws right now. From my perspective as a woman, this is not at all a political topic. These conversations and laws directly affect my life. I think when you look at it from this perspective, it's hard to consider much of anything "political".
To someone else who doesn't share your view its strictly political. I guess it depends on your views, but in the end I am on there for developer stuff with a touch of sports. Anything else is just stuff I can do without. I haven't found a way to properly filter it out. On Facebook it's easy, I just unfollow all my friends LOL.
I would suggest muting common buzzwords. You may have to add to your list every few weeks, but I've seen people have good success with muted words and phrases.
Ah ok, good advice. See, I don't use the platform enough to even know you could do that. Thank you very much. I will try that.
Sure thing! :)
I agree with the shape of this conversation from both ends and think about it this way: Twitter doesn't need to change necessarily (in this way) because it is a place where real world issues get discussed and debated, but we could all stand to do fewer overall things on Twitter.
I don't think it's necessarily conducive for good discussions or is a safe space as far as the web goes.
Feeling like Twitter was over-used for too many situations helped lead me to create the DEV platform in the first place. The metaphor I have settled on is that DEV is the conference and Twitter is the after party. There's a value to the after party, but if we were all partying 24/7 we'd all end up burnt out and angry.
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