This morning I scrolled down my Twitter timeline as I do every day when I wake up. It didn’t take me long to find an angry tweet – something about the blogging community being divided. You know the kind of tweet I’m talking about.
Normally I roll my eyes, and carry on down my feed. But today I didn’t. Something about the tweet really riled me up but instead of just letting it bother me I’m trying to channel it into this post.
Now I’m absolutely not saying that we shouldn’t be posting any kind of negativity on Twitter. I can definitely be a negative Nancy at times, and it’s really important that we don’t only post the highlights of our lives.
But this constant division of ‘writers’ and ‘bloggers’ which I’ve seen growing and growing in recent weeks, as well as the inevitable ‘Just @ me next time’ tweets have left me feeling disillusioned and confused about whether I want to be using Twitter at all.
Most of the people I have on Twitter are over 18, so why are we all acting so childish? Cliques will form inevitably, but the mentality of ‘If my best friend doesn’t like you, I don’t like you,’ is ridiculous. Form your own opinions. Don’t judge based on interactions that you haven’t seen for yourself. Arguments escalate on Twitter far more quickly than in real life and users are so quick to jump down someone’s throat.
Just remember that people make mistakes when they’re tweeting. Opinions don’t always sound the way they were intended and it’s so easy to get the wrong end of the stick.
So remember what your mother taught you: Think before you speak and If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.