I did myself a BIG favour during the Jubilee week. I stopped tweeting. The only tweets that landed on my twitter page that week (apart from a reply to a tweet) were the automated Photography Daily News ones pushed out around 5pm every night. To my surprise i found that i didn’t miss it.
My reasons for the tweeting break were many, but at the heart of it was a need to get away from it.. I adore Twitter and find that it’s great for finding out what’s going on out in the world of photography. It must be said though that a number of tweeters easily meet the EU quota for being self indulgent, self promoting, and self important. I don’t follow them but their ‘opinions’ still make it through to my photography feed. Dammit!
Even worse, these people don’t’ usually work as photographers, will jump on any passing bandwagon they can find, and dominate discussions in the belief that their opinions matter more than anyone else’s. They may know bugger all about a subject, but they will still blog about it as though THEY are the fountain of all knowledge. I won’t even go into the levels of negativity found on Twitter sometimes.
So what’s the cure? Tweeting breaks. I’ve got more on the way over the summer where the Twitter feed can just take care of itself. I will do something else.