Bye-Bye Twitter

I’ve ruminated about the downfall of Twitter for days. Ever since Elon Musk took over, I realize the platform’s days are numbered. Musk intends on destroying the site and remaking it into something else.

I’ve decided to delete my Twitter account. I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with social media since I started blogging in 2014. All of this politics is a turnoff. Musk and his leadership practices (or lack of) leave me cold. I can’t see anything positive about Twitter’s future. It’s time for me to go…

Musk’s tweet below really made me decide. He doesn’t want to make this a welcome site for all. He wants to sow distrust and distraction.

There are plenty of places to find meโ€”on the blogs is always a good start. LOL!

I’ve created an Instagram account: @wordcraftpoetry. I’ll be sharing poetry challenge links and poetry, photos, book reviews, my book promotions, and more.

I also have a Facebook Page for my author account and the Unicorn Cats Publishing Services: Colleen M. Chesebro, Poet & Author. My posts from Word Craft Poetry, and my author blog go to that page.

I’m also on LinkedIn here: Colleen M. Chesebro, Unicorn Cats Publishing Services. My posts automatically go there from both blogs.

As you can see, I’m easy to find. Less social media gives me more time to spend with my husband. I have more time for my business, and more time for writing. It’s all worth it to me.

I will remove the Twitter Share button and timelines from my blogs. ๐Ÿฆƒ Happy Thanksgiving week ahead!

93 thoughts on “Bye-Bye Twitter

  1. I never tweeted… so I don’t have to stop.
    Politcs needs its own outlet – but it shouldn’t be dictated by ‘twits’.

    Hope you continue with those platforms that keep you happy (((Hugs)))

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  2. I’ll carry on seeing you here. All the best and I’m sure I’ll follow you soon. I only use it to share other people’s stuff, mostly writers, but I suspect it will implode soon. Take care and enjoy the free time

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  3. I don’t spend that much time on twitter, never really did, Colleen, so I won’t miss it. I’ve had bad experiences with Instagram and then my Facebook blog page was hacked (beware)! LinkedIn makes no sense since I’m retired, so what’s left? I only use facebook for keeping up with family and friends. For blogging, none of SM has ever been worth much.

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      1. So true. I searched in vain for good ways to share my photography and blogging is really the best way. You would think IG and FB would be good places to share but nope! People just want to see what we’re doing. Hope you are doing well. I remember that you and I have been blogging friends since 2014! We went our own ways–you with poetry and me with photography, but isn’t that the beauty of blogging? Enjoy your Thanksgiving, my friend!

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        1. I’ve been writing so much and then starting my Unicorn Cats Publishing Services this year. My poetry challenge next year will need some amazing photographs. Yes, since 2014. WOW!! I will try to connect with you more often. Your photographs are still some of the best. Maybe I can ask for your permission to share a few photos for my poetry challenges with attribution back to you? I start the challenge again in January. I’m taking over the prompts this year. โค๏ธ

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          1. I would be honored, Colleen, and thank you for that kind comment! Let’s connect before your challenge and let me know how I can help with the photos. Congrats on your publishing services, love the name Unicorn Cats!

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          2. Thanks, Teri. I want to offer some photo challenges and some Ekphrastic challenges (with art work). I’ll connect with you soon. I have to do a bit of planning. The last couple of years we followed a schedule, and now I want to change it up. We’ll connect soon. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’œ

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  4. Hi Colleen, Twitter is about the only thing I share to, as I don’t like anything else – I’m fast running out of options. The news about the new regime at Twitter is weird, to say the least. Hugs, Toni x

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  5. Thanks for motivating me to go back and find where I could deactivate my account. They don’t have a delete option which means they still have my data. It isn’t much so I hope they enjoy it. Goodbye Tusk and Drumpf!

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  6. I had a lot of fun reading other sarcastic/real parents. Never got into politics, but I have family members who only use it for that. I figure that you can use these social media outlets for what you wish and choose to stay away from what you don’t wish. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. You can try to do that. Frankly, I’m not sure how sharing posts (retweets) without reading the post is beneficial. I spent an hour or more a day thanking people for retweets. I doubt many read the post. We’re conditioned like Pavlov’s dogs… like, share, retweet, etc. I have so much more I want do with my time. We all must choose what is right for us. I was ready to go.

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  7. I hear you about “sowing distrust and distraction.” Twitter has never appealed to me, even when some people were saying, “If you’re a ‘serious’ writer, you ought be on Twitter.” I like the Blogs, and I just followed you on Instagram! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Ever since the checkmark fiasco, I have been wondering how the changes to Twitter would affect me. Most of who I follow and who follows me are writers, authors or readers (and very few are verified – but I can tell they are real). So, I’m going to ride this out, block/mute the idiots and stay in touch with the people who matter. If I’m not following you on IG, I will!

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  9. I have been on Twitter for 10 years and have not experienced the hate you describe except when I go to “trending.” Quite frankly most of the hate I see is from the left. I stopped going to trending and life is fine. If it does go as you describe, I will follow you too.

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    1. How interesting. My experience was the opposite. The Maga’s swarmed me for days. All I did was share poetry and other posts. Must let trump back on today, so my timing was perfect. I was ready to leave. If it works for you, that’s great. I spent an hour a day thanking people for retweets of posts I know were never read-just retweeted. That time I can use for something else. Do what works best for you, is my motto. ๐Ÿ’œ

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      1. The poetry group is quiet and needs more action. I visit there every now and then. My new blog is a result of me taking the WordPress – Create a Site courses. I wanted to learn FSE and ended up with a new blog using the same old theme I have on Moonwashed Musings. Go figure. I am copying my poems from Go Dog Go Cafe to the new blog since no one reads poems dated back to 2018 and the cafe seems to have slowed down a lot. So far, I have copied and altered 85 poems to my new blog. ๐Ÿ’–

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          1. I can see possibilities with the FSE editor. I had my site all set up but I couldn’t make the images smaller. Everything was huge and I tried several themes. Your sites always look great, Colleen. ๐Ÿ’–

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          2. I also have a hard time with the white background, thus the reason my blogs have black backgrounds. I use an app called Night Eye which enables you to change from dark to light and vice versa,

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          3. Some of these white backgrounds blind me. I have sensitive eyes. The darker backgrounds are so much easier on the eyes. Even some of them with colors, don’t work for me… I’ve tried. LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. I still can’t leave Twitter yet because it is a good platform for me to post my book related things. I avoid all the politics and never see posts outside of the book people I follow. I certainly respect your decision. As you say there are other places to be. Lots of folks migrating to Instagram. I’m on there but it’s so frustrating that you can’t post links. Anyway, here’s to all of us, whatever we do! Hugs!

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    1. Yeah for sire that was a personal perspective he gave, and everyone has right to utter the opinion on things, but it never means to compell anyone to do the same. Wnjoy your journey as it’s going with twitter.

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  11. Idiots and inept persons are taking the things in their control.and ruining them intentionally to show their ken against the experienced developers.
    The old thing can never be as useless as the new unnecessary added features make it.
    #muskisimbecile.

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  12. Less negativity on SM is much more peace in real life โ€ฆ so agree with you on that Colleen! I did have a twitter account created for my book though didnโ€™t use it much except to read news or weather forecasts ๐Ÿ˜…

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  13. You know my take sis. Like some others here do, I don’t engage in Twatter, other than with writers and bloggers. When it implodes we all leave, lol. โค

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    1. It was just too much, Jane. ๐Ÿ’œ I think we should all do what’s best for us. When I left, I just didn’t want people searching for me. I don’t care for chaos. LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€ Bravo for making that choice. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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          1. It didn’t work for me and I spent ages thanking folk for re-tweeting every day. It makes you wonder how much people actually read on there through clicked links. It was the hate posts that made my soul shrink. All in all, each to their own, but it wasn’t a loving space I wanted to spend time in. Much โค to you, Colleen. xXx

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  14. I hear you, Colleen, but I’m staying on Twitter for now.

    I’ve had more trolls visit me on my blog than on Twitter. And like any other social media platform, I can block and unfollow those I don’t want to see tweets from.

    Social media should never consume much of our time; I am strict with how much time I spend on it and how many social media accounts I operate. I stick with two (Twitter and Flipboard), and both bring my blog a lot of traffic. I’ve had great results, especially from Twitter. Many people spread themselves too thin by operating too many social media accounts.

    I’m not saying I won’t leave Twitter (I once said that about Facebook and then left), but it’s still working for me. But we must all do what we think is best for us.

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    1. Exactly, I stressed that in my post. Do what is best for you. It was best for me to leave. I can’t condone the hate I feel spewing from this platform. I don’t want to be part of a system that enables and foments hate. Besides, saying thank you to retweets where no one reads the post isn’t my idea of fun. It’s a huge waste of time for me. LOL! If it works for you, that’s wonderful. โค๏ธ

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      1. I stopped thanking people for retweets years ago after another blogger said I didn’t need to thank her- a retweet would do. That’s what she did, and it made a lot of sense to me; otherwise, I’d be doing nothing but thanking people. I see people thanking each other for retweets all the time, every day, and always with the same comments – ‘thanks for the retweet’ – ‘you’re welcome.’ – such a waste of their time when a simple retweet now and again does the job and shows your support. It’s a much better use of one’s time.

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