Twitter used to be this awesome community where you could asynchronously follow people, participate in conversations and find awesome people. And it’s still is that for some people.
But unfortunately, for a lot of my friends, it is also, or even entirely, a venue for abuse. When it comes to protecting users from abuse, Twitter’s actions or lack thereof has proven just shy of Facebook levels of fucked up.
I have the good fortune to still mostly enjoy Twitter as a social, activist and networking venue. As I get busier, I find myself more and more intolerant when it comes to people showing up and doing things that annoy me.
Maybe it’s an age thing, but in real life, and online, I have become quite intolerant of people who don’t fundamentally support social justice AND understand privilege on at least a basic level. I don’t spend time debating over things like whether I should be allowed to marry my wife, or whether sexism really exists. If you’re shaky on those things, then you probably shouldn’t follow me.
This post was spurred by the following interaction, which happened earlier today. I post it here as a good example of what NOT to do.