Automation ruined my relationship with Twitter

I fell in love with Twitter back when everything happened via SMS/texts. I’ve never felt more connected with the world. It was love at first tweet.

I was one of the first few hundred of Norwegians who had an account back in 2007. I was hooked. The conversations, the attitude between all users — the willingness to help each other.
We were defining how we wanted this community to grow and develop.

I used it daily, hourly even. I met people via Twitter everywhere I went in the world. I got new friends, I met new clients. It was great.

Today. I’ve completely lost my Twitter game. I no longer feel anything when I log in and see tweets. It’s just a mess, and building relationships on the service is getting harder and harder. For me, anyway.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. I think that services like Buffer and other automation services where you don’t need to be in front of a screen to post something, has ruined Twitter for me. I’ve automated myself out of my own game.

The people following me was really interested in the content I shared. And by the simplicity to just add articles in a queue it got too easy. I started focusing on just sharing, not the conversations I really loved (idiot).

My followers count kept on growing, but I stopped logging in daily. I stopped loving Twitter. I even blogged about that twitter is dying (I still believe that) within the next two years.

But, I will still give Twitter another chance. With me visiting New York this week and seeing how you still can connect with interesting people via Twitter — I won’t give it up. I will just try to get back to me building relationships via Twitter, instead of just sharing stuff.

So no more robots, more humans.

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