I first jumped onto twitter to talk with a reporter from the Miami Herald, Frances Robles, about some things she was reporting about me in her article.
I quickly found myself inundated with hateful tweets from the other side of the Zimmerman case. I wasn’t enjoying the medium at all and started to use it to just follow breaking news.
Robert Jr. tweeted out that he was blocking the hateful tweeters. I didn’t even know I could do that so I looked it up and found out how to do it. It was great. Whenever someone posting hate towards me came onto my mentions, I blocked and poof, my mentions line was full of the people and comments I was interested in reading and following. It usually works well and I started to enjoy twitter more.
There’s much I still don’t understand about twitter because I never took the time to properly learn about it. I just jumped in.
For the past couple of months though, most of the people I like to follow, love engaging the tweeters I’ve blocked. It’s the people I’m following who are talking to them and I find myself in the mentions of a whole lot of conversations I want no part of.
Screen shots of comments of those I have blocked are being disseminated by those I do want to follow. I’ve never understand the rationale behind this move. It gives a larger voice to someone they think is posting garbage. So why give it attention and attract more readers? I don’t get it. I blocked the person and their comments but now those I follow largely post examples of those I’ve blocked in their comments.
I’m back to finding twitter not much fun and think I’ll use it to just follow breaking news. By following a number of reporters, it’s interesting to see the news come out from different perspectives so quickly. It also shows just how bad the facts are reported initially and cautions all of us to withhold opinions until the facts have been vetted for reliability. For those who use twitter, what do you like or dislike about the medium?