A long time ago, I wrote a rant about Twitter, or more correct, a rant about authors who doesn't do anything but spam the feed with the same annoying ads again and again.
Old Twitter Rant
After reposting the rant because it is still as correct today as it was when I wrote it, I did a little experiment on Twitter. I went to my home page on Twitter, and every time I saw a promotion I clicked on the author. If 8/10 of the last posts they had posted was all promotions, then I unfollowed them.
In less than 20 min, I had unfollowed almost 40 people (which in return, has given me some 20 less followers.)
And it kind of makes me sad. Because some of these people are brilliant authors, but not only that, I know them to be funny, articulate, and kind people. I know they are people with good things to say, good things to share. I respect their opinions, even if I'm not always agreeing with them.
But instead of showing the world who they are, they chose to spam twitter with the same boring ads over and over again. Instead of doing what authors through time has so often been doing, being the voices that help shape the world. They have become like those seagulls from finding Nemo, all shouting "MINE, MINE, MINE, MINE" hoping their voice will somehow miraculously be heard over the others.
I'm not saying that being "you" is going to instantly make you famous. Hell, some of these authors have tens of thousands followers, even though I have no idea why because all they ever do is drowning your feed, so you never see the posts from those who actually have something interesting to say. No, being heard, even when you're saying something worth listening to, is hard as fuck. In a world where so much "noise" is cluttering the internet, it can be hard to be heard.
But for the love of all that is holy to you, don't be part of the noise problem.
Beause let me tell you, that after I deleted those 40 people from Twitter, my feed is suddenly filled with interesting posts, posts I never saw before, because the seagulls of twitter drowned them in their constant screaming.
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