50 Ways To Leave Twitter

Posted: August 22, 2012 in Freedom of Speech, Identity, internet

I have not read Grace Dent’s book: How To Leave Twitter. This is because a) she is a mean-spirited, ego-driven writer and tweeter. And b) relatedly, because she hasn’t left twitter. I guess it could be an ironic title, just as How To Give Up Booze and Stop Swearing by Keith Floyd might be ironic, or How To Live A Long and Happy Life by Princess Diana might be ironic. No. I expect Ms Dent’s book is just crap.

But I want to leave my lover of two and a half years. And I want to leave now.

So I am going to have to rely on other sources for advice.

According to Nathan Jurgenson and PJ Rey of cyborgology, social media is so embedded in our lives now, that even when we log off, leave social networks, even when we die, we are still connected to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc.


So I know that leaving Twitter is actually quite difficult. Do I delete my account and lose all my followers and connections in one fell swoop? Do I survive without a change of heart the 30 days that I am allowed to reinstate my profile?  Do I regret my decision and set up a new profile, a new twitter identity once the 30 days is up? Do I stay, even though I am not enjoying the twitter experience now, just to spite the people who wish I would go and jump in a lake? Do I jump in the lake?

I don’t know but I am going to make a decision in the next couple of days. If something that used to be fun isn’t fun anymore, I usually take the  approach that it is time to move on.

There must be 50 ways to leave twitter?


UPDATE: I have decided to not delete my account, but to just not use it for the time being. I hope this works for me and twitter!

  1. Have you considered protecting your Tweets? It works for some.

  2. Dean Esmay says:

    I went through a similar phase with blogging some years ago. Reasons were manifold but they came down to both exhaustion and tired of being disrespected and having pointless rows. I would come back halfheartedly for a while just to keep a foot in the water but only a little.

    Went through some shit, long story short, came back and rediscoverd my love for it. But it was different. Got into fewer pointless rows. Would debate people but if people turned into twats or were arguing just to argue I got rid of or ignored them fast. Worked wonders.

    There’s lots of people out here who love you so I hope you don’t leave for good. 😉

  3. redpesto says:

    I’m not on Twitter (can’t be bothered and the temptation to snark aggressively on some topics/people would probably lead to a lot of hassle). Can you just un-follow those you’re following and leave a note along the lines of you’ve gone out for a bit? Then, ideally, you could just leave the account alone.

    I’ve a similar issue (under another username) over at the Guardian: I miss the free-for-all days of some of the old talkboards, and I’m getting increasingly tired of feeling goaded into commenting on reader-baiting articles like this one about Twitter.

  4. well, I never had a twitter account in the first place 😉

    don’t think I’ll try it….

  5. QRG says:

    thanks all for comments. I find twitter useful for promoting my blogs. and I have met a few lovely people via twitter.

    But it is also where the ‘liberals’ (including the feminists) live. and they never cease to drive me up the wall!

    when the Guardian’s ‘comment is free’ website blocked me on twitter I thought, what’s the point? If a national newspaper cant cope with debate and criticism maybe it’s not worth the bother.

  6. redpesto says:

    QRG: But it is also where the ‘liberals’ (including the feminists) live.

    It’s also where porn stars, comedians, Justin Bieber fans and Manchester United footballers live, but I’d be very choosy about which of those I’d follow (clue: I’m not a Belieber and Wayne Rooney wouldn’t make the list). Up to about two or three years ago right-wing UK bloggers kept banging on about how they ‘owned’ the blogosphere, and every one kept complaining about Twitters angry mobs. Now? Not so much, because other groups such as feminists have worked how to retweet. As the Kaiser Chiefs didn’t sing: ‘We are the angry mob/We read our tweet feed every day’.

    I could spend forever snarking at the Guardian’s gender politics via Twitter (let alone below-the-line), especially if that included goading them into putting their money where there mouth was re. gender parity (‘The phallocentric patriachal editorship of Rusbridger must end now!!!!’), but I have to remember to smell the roses/watch Father Ted/have fun, and keep my powder dry for the right moments.

  7. JFinn says:

    Perhaps get a new moniker. That way you’ll shed many of the hostile haters.

  8. Jonathan says:

    It’s not too difficult to leave really. Just avoid it for a day or two and the river has gone on without you. I actually find it harder to go back. As in: can I be bothered to pick this up again? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. As it happens I did check the stream this morning and made a few replies. Meh.

  9. marc2020 says:

    I’ll miss you

    • QRG says:

      thanks Marc. I will start blogging properly here and at Graunwatch at the beginning of sept, so don’t forget to come over and say hi!

  10. Rick Powell says:

    For my part, it’s bit boring without you. And quiet!

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