Why I Quit Twitter, a List

Derek Powazek
Aug 17, 2018 · 2 min read

After 12 years and over 41,700 tweets, I’ve deactivated my Twitter account. Here’s a few reasons why.

  • It made me unhappy.
  • It made people around me unhappy.
  • It helped elect Donald Trump and continues to give him a platform to ruin the world.
  • Its interface is designed to make people fight.
  • Jack.
  • Its leadership doesn’t seem to know the first thing about human beings or communities or how people think or feel or talk.
  • Its leadership has delusions of governance that they use as an excuse to not moderate their community.
  • Alex Jones.
  • Every interview with Jack shows that he has no grasp of the how to fix problems or what the problems even are.
  • I’ve lost faith that it’ll ever improve.
  • It’s like a vacuum, sucking up every word I have to type, leaving very few words for other places. I’d like to put more words other places.
  • The ads.
  • I don’t like being reduced to the filler in between the ads.
  • They fucked their third party developers, including Tweetbot, my favorite client.
  • The out-of-order timeline.
  • Nazis. Literally, nazis. If you can’t boot nazis off your service, you have no business running anything.
  • The generally shitty way people treat each other on Twitter makes me lose hope in humanity, and without that hope I basically can’t function.
  • How the generally shitty way people treat each other on Twitter has warped expectations for what is allowable behavior online.
  • I feel like I’ve spent over a decade thinking about what Twitter was doing wrong and how Twitter could be fixed, when I should have been thinking about other ways online community could form and thrive. Quitting will, hopefully, help me focus on that.
  • The metrics of likes and retweets were addictive. I don’t like feeling like an addict.
  • The realization that Twitter is just the comment section of a news article, without the news article.
  • Again, Donald Trump. I don’t want to have anything in common with that festering, semi-sentient pile of racist garbage. Now I have one less thing in common with him, at least.
  • What happened to James Gunn.
  • The person who tweeted at me “LOL WTF” today as I was trying to say something nice and supportive to a friend in mourning.
  • The constant stream of outrage. I understand the importance of screaming into a pillow now and again, but if you do it too much you’re gonna need a new pillow.
  • Their community malpractice. I’ve been building communities online for a long time. I can’t be part of a place that does it this badly.
  • It made me unhappy. And 2018 has more than enough unhappiness already.

Derek Powazek

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Digital community, analog farming. Social media design, photos of goats and chickens. Author of "Design for Community," teller of stories. Mostly harmless.