Escaping Twitter’s Self-Consciousness Machine

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By David Zweig

Ever since I joined Twitter, nearly seven years ago, I’ve wrestled with what has always felt like a shameful interest in all those prominently displayed numbers. I’ve evaluated people I don’t know on the basis of their follower counts, judged the merit of tweets according to how many likes and retweets they garnered, and felt the rush of being liked or retweeted by…

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