I had given up Twitter and Facebook for Lent, joining my wife in this endeavour. But today I'm packing it in with regards to Twitter. The truth is that I live a rather isolated life here at the Vicarage and with friends and family so far away I'm somewhat lacking in social contact. In many ways Twitter has become that social contact. And while I can take or leave Facebook with its endless postings of feelgood photos to "pass on", I'm returning to Twitter today.
The truth is I'm lonely. The couple of weeks I've been away from Twitter have changed the way I will be using it though. I've gone through my following list and removed lots of websites and news sources. I'll make more of an effort to visit sites I want to support. More importantly I want to avoid the kind of knee-jerk Twitter rage that has become all too common now. 144 letters is too few for nuanced reporting. So on the whole I'm going to try to steer my usage of Twitter away from controversy and more to conversation, sharing and fun. I want to talk about things like videogames and photography - not subjects that make my blood boil.
If you want to see this as an acknowledgement of my own misuse of Twitter then you aren't far wrong. I seem to spend half my time on Twitter being cross about something I read on Twitter. Sometimes that anger is useful - Citroen fixed our car a heck of a lot quicker than they otherwise would have done thanks to my Twitter posts. But I'd rather use the platform to chat and stay in touch with friends. I make no promises of getting this right - but I'm going to try. So I'm unfollowing the stuff that winds me up and trying to be a better Twitter citizen. And I'll see you back there shortly.