The Atlantic
Published in

The Atlantic

Retweets Are Trash

A modest proposal to improve Twitter — and perhaps the world

Photo: Alvaro Dominguez

A couple of months ago, I made a small tweak to my Twitter account that has changed my experience of the platform. It’s calmer. It’s slower. It’s less repetitive, and a little less filled with outrage. All of these improvements came about because I no longer see retweets.




Syndicated stories from The Atlantic.

Recommended from Medium

In 2020 : Is “Instagram Influencer” Still Worth It?

Why Small Businesses Don’t See Return on Social Media Ads

No Need To Fear Social Distancing. We Do That Already With Our Devices.

Facebook is Joining the Social Audio Club(house) by Doing What it Does Best: Copying a Competitor

The Facebook like button, circa 2012. A thumbs up with a blue collared sleeve.

Didn’t get the message . . .

How Much Does YouTube Pay You For 11.6 Million Views?

This Youtuber’s Cruelty Has Mexico’s Feminists Divided — Here’s Why

Facebook’s “Oversight Board” to Rule on Trump’s Account Reinstatement Privileges

Photo of Donald Trump in a navy blue suit with red tie and white shirt, looking at the camera, and pointing his right hand’s pointer finger upward. He has his mouth open and looks as though he is going to speak. On the right of this image are two superimposed thumbs (one of which is pointing down and the other is pointing upwards), styled like Facebook’s “like buttons”.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Alexis C. Madrigal

Alexis C. Madrigal

Host of KQED’s Forum. Contributing writer, @TheAtlantic. Author of forthcoming book on containers, computers, coal, and collateralized debt obligations.

More from Medium

Have You Thought Of Having Two Days Off From Work To Be Considered Two Seconds Off Instead Of Two…

Second post: sleeping is wellness

Traction can speak volumes

Text: Real Talk: Talking About Traction. Pictures include the headshots of Asha Banks and Rachel Reid

My Pocket EDC Pouch — Small and Light Essentials For A Pants Pocket