(Incidentally, I dumped Facebook three or four months ago. Best move I've ever made)
Recently, though, I started wondering if I've been missing out on the other ways of using it and consuming the nonsense it could potentially push to me, so I renamed by private account and created a public account as well, so I could use that to follow the few public figures and news bots I'm vaguely interested in, and possibly start talking about non-whingey work stuff in a more involved way. The private account remains for all necessary cathartism and gossiping.
So what do I make of the wider Twitter universe, outside of my imposed bubble? Well, first impressions aren't necessarily good. I see a lot of:
- Self-appointed 'social media expert' types, grinning out from their avatars in a state of perpetual self-satisfaction, waiting for the gravy train to pull in at the next stop
- Comedians continually whoring out their latest non-hilarious endeavours
- Spates of irritating hashtag trends - #movieswithunemployedpeople, etc
- Masses and masses of linkspam, which is what tumblr is bloody for
- General pushy careerist types being quite mean and rude about other people