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@OliviatheBird: Twitter is Hard

@OliviatheBird: Twitter is Hard
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2014: @OliviatheBird: Twitter is fun

2018: @OliviatheBird: I’m going through all my old tweets for a blog post. This is wild. I used to like Twitter.

If you know me, you know of my distaste for Twitter. I have a strange relationship with social media. My job is to puppeteer the Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest accounts for IDEAS. Because of this I get to spend a lot of quality time on social media. Meanwhile, I rarely use my personal accounts (apart from Instagram). It’s this weird dichotomy, I’m only experiencing the social internet as a company…and an ibis…

Being an ibis on Twitter is one of the better things to be on Twitter.  It’s much better than experiencing Twitter as a human person. Being on Twitter as a human is just difficult. Maybe it wasn’t always like this, maybe it’s just in light of current events. I did enjoy Twitter when I was in high school. Now…..not so much. It seems Twitter, and lots of social media platforms lately, are just about people screaming at each other. And sure, debate is fine, it’s necessary to be able to understand people we don’t agree with, but hateful unproductive public arguments are not the way to go. All I see when I check in on Twitter or Facebook is news that scares me, and people arguing about it. Maybe there’s some merit to that, but I don’t think it does much good, and it’s very bad for my mental health. Human interaction is supposed to be helpful, but interacting with my personal social medias drains my energy and my hope. The way things are now, I don’t know how I’ll be able to move through the world if I continue to lose hope.

I don’t like to blog about politics, which is what everyone says right before they talk about politics, but I’ve been pretty scared lately. I don’t think the solution is cutting myself off from the world and the news, that solves nothing, but if I could just stop seeing the petty fights, and the constant anger, that is everywhere, I might actually be able to think. The social internet can do great things, but wow, it is exhausting. If I could I would just delete my social medias (with a few exceptions), but I can’t do that. I need them, they’re connected to my job, so I am going to conduct an experiment. I’m just gonna take my Facebook and Twitter and get rid of them. Just burn them all down, and make some new, pristine ones. I’m going to see if by keeping my accounts highly curated and actively avoiding the parts of the internet that cause me to freeze in terror I can build a better relationship with social media. Because, maybe it’s not really the entire social internet that’s the issue, but the way I interact with it. Or maybe I just really hate my personal social media accounts and I’ll throw a party the day Twitter dies, but it’s worth a try. There are positives and negatives about the internet in general, and most things in general. This is not leading up to a “moral of the story”. I’ve just kind of been steadily growing my hatred of Twitter for a year or so…and I think it’s pretty ironic given my job… And maybe if I do this social media reboot I can stop hating it? Because hating things isn’t a great way to spend my time. And I miss the sense of community that social media used to give me. I don’t know, it’s an experiment, the world is hard and I don’t know what I’m doing. I want to be able to engage in a way that doesn’t hurt my brain, but that’s going to take some changes. So, in the meantime, I’ll be hanging out on Twitter as an ibis, because it’s always better to be an ibis…

 

Olivia Allen
Olivia Allen is a writer and artist, who manages social media for IDEAS, and is so proud of Wanda Maximoff for THAT moment in Endgame. We love stories, got an idea for a guest blog, contact her at oallen@ideasorlando.com