The Little Blue Bird has Flown

CorkscrewAnnie
3 min readNov 1, 2022
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I am one of those people who has decided to leave Twitter.

The “final straw” was Elon Musk following through on his threat to purchase it. But I’d been considering the move for some time.

I was recognizing the signs of digital addiction — the oft-described state of urgency for another adrenaline hit, another warm fuzzy from a stranger’s “like”, another joke shared with a false community built around shared interests. I was logging onto my echo chamber way too often.

Now I’m not a public person, and I tended to shy away from posting controversial or politically charged comments. As a result, I managed to avoid the worst of the trolling, misogyny, hate and racism that so many have enjoyed on the platform.

But I was scrolling more, and enjoying less. Being a bystander to others’ “debates”, particularly when they quickly deteriorated into name-calling, had a diminishing appeal. Even the parody accounts that I love couldn’t make up for the emptiness of earnest people preaching to the choir while being ignored by those they sought to convince of the facts.

And facts? Forget it. Twitter isn’t about facts. It’s about shouting the loudest.

The Big Twit
Image by Bulu Patel from Pixabay

I almost left months ago when the Big Twit announced his intentions to take over the platform. The Technocrat in Chief got what he most desires with this announcement, attention. But Twitter users? Not so much.

And Friend of Dictators Everywhere is just too much to take as the sole owner, Board member and decider of the platform. (Evidence: that childish “sink” stunt. Really?!)

Now the racists and haters are flooding back in. And I’m sure they don’t care that I’m heading in the opposite direction.

Like-minded people debate their options, and mourn what they believe they will lose by leaving this conversation. But I’ve weighed the pros and cons, and having left, I have more free time and less FOMO.

My partner is exploring Mastadon, a free open source social network and micro-blogging platform. On Mastadon, it seems that “tweets” are called “toots” but…

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CorkscrewAnnie

Recreational writer, collector of antique corkscrews, urban gardener and retired management consultant to social profit organizations. Proudly Canadian.