March 25, 2021

Chrissy Teigen quits Twitter or why you should delete your tweets

(cross posted from HEY World)

So the big social media news of the day was Chrissy Teigen quitting Twitter after being on the platform for over a decade and gaining 13 million followers. Of course because she was an outspoken woman of color she was trolled, berated, and abused (anyone remember Pizzagate?) by many on her time on the platform simply for being a smart woman with a sharp wit. The only thing I have to say is good for her!

Writing about why she was quitting, it all boiled down to the platform not working for her and her not liking who she was becoming because of it. As I said, a smart woman who figured out what the line was she wouldn’t cross and doing the healthy thing and leaving when it stopped working for her.

I struggle with the same issues she mentioned every single time I log on to Twitter. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the negativity. I’ve quit” multiple times only to come back each time saying this time will be different”. It usually hasn’t been but I keep trying anyway but this last time I quit” Twitter, which just happened about a month ago, it dawned on me that for most of us, Twitter should be an ephemeral thing, not some decade-long account of every little thought we’ve had in public.

How many times have we seen someone held accountable for something they said 10 years ago, when they were a different person? Maybe they were younger and didn’t know any better, thinking that nobody would ever go back and search their Twitter archive”. Maybe they’ve learned a thing or two and have come to different conclusions about life since posting something on Twitter they regret now. People like to point their finger at someone stuck in that situation, not thinking that the shoe may very well be on the other foot some day. We are not a very tolerant society.

Chrissy Teigen noted back in July of last year:

I actually deleted 60,000 tweets because I cannot fucking STAND you idiots anymore and I’m worried for my family. Finding me talking about toddlers and tiaras in 2013 and thinking you’re some sort of fucking operative.

There is a solution to that problem that just about everyone should be taking advantage of: delete your tweets. There are services like that will do this automatically every several days for the the timeframe you choose (older than a week, older than a month, etc). Take advantage of them, use Twitter like the ephemeral service it should be. There is little reason to keep things like tweets around for years. There is no reason to have your words used against you by bad people with bad agendas.

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