All hands, abandon Twitter! (Plus a quick personal update) (Non-Fiction)

Elon Musk

Bored billionaire Elon Musk (“Elon Musk” by dmoberhaus is licensed under CC BY 2.0.)

I didn’t expect Elon to buy Twitter, but he did. PZ posts about how we’re getting a taste of its future. Will it become a flaming troll pit or a safe place for advertisers to flood Twitter streams with ads? I don’t want to find out. So I’ve deleted both of my Twitter accounts. I can always create a new account if the worst doesn’t happen.

So far, the only downside is that I wasn’t able to register for any prizes at this year’s SelfPubCon Maybe next year they’ll come up with a new system. I suspect I’ll be seeing how Twitter is woven into so many parts of the Internet over the next few weeks.

In other news, my wife has been very busy, and she didn’t have a chance to edit my recent Babbler article. I’m hoping to have it up by Monday, and I might throw in some bonus content to make up for it. It also means her practice is growing.

I’m also working on the follow-up to Pathways to Bolingbrook. The working title is Intersections, but I don’t think it will be the final title. Hopefully, I can get it out in November. It will feature the main characters from Pathways in the same story.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to start the follow-up to The Rift next month, but I’ll give it a shot. It would be nice to have the first drift completed in months, instead of years. As for the story? It won’t be the skeptical movement striking back. Instead, Tom will risk his career and his life to uncover a dark secret from Bolingbrook’s past.

Until next time.



  1. says

    I also deleted my Twitter account (I hadn’t actually logged in to it for several months). I still have an Instagram account, but I check it infrequently.

  2. says

    I know an author who felt compelled by the common wisdom of the past decade plus to be on twitter, to hob nob, be visible, promote, etc. She rage quit a few years ago and is now a bit of an evangelist against the supposed necessity of the platform. You will encounter some inconveniences without it, but there are sooo many people whose lives would be improved by deleting it.

  3. says

    Great American Satan: So far so good for me. I feel bad that your friend had to leave under those circumstances.

    My feed was quiet, but others were not so fortunate, and it will probably get worse for the remaining users.

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