Slowly Letting Go of Twitter...Picking Up Threads
Gotta Grow Where You're Planted.
I have a lot of feelings about what the Musk Rat has done to Twitter. It doesn’t mean I love the platform but I was making the most out of the time I spent using the app to curate content and grow an audience. Now, I can’t even do that without feeling like I’m contributing to the Musk Rat Shit Show Circus. I’m not enjoying my Twitter experience and with an election cycle coming up, it won’t get better. No way. Soon, I will likely leave a pinned Tweet, board up the windows, and venture away from that landscape.
I signed up for BluSky through an invite from an author I admire.
I don’t have high hopes for this. It feels exactly like Twitter and users are behaving the same way. I don’t need/want a replica of Twitter. Plus, it’s hard to walk away from a 33K follower account and not feel like I’m starting from scratch. In fact, the very idea exhausts me. It’s not even about followers or likes or engagement, it’s just the whole “starting all over” thing. Like moving from a house you’ve been in for decades, where you know all the neighbors, into an apartment with nothing in it in a new city.
But I am interested in Instagram Threads
“Say more with Threads — Instagram’s text-based conversation app
Whatever it is you’re interested in, you can follow and connect directly with your favorite creators and others who love the same things — or build a loyal following of your own to share your ideas, opinions, and creativity with the world.”
But Threads could have a leg up, since it directly ports over your Instagram followers and following lists. Instead of rebuilding a community from scratch, Threads users will already have their existing Instagram circles there from the get-go.
This. This right here. I have had a dedicated bookish account for 7+ years with a significant, curated audience who are there for the BOOKS. It is my home base and this is the basket where I will put more eggs. So I’m glad I have a placeholder account at BluSky so I can keep an eye on how it evolves in case Threads is problematic, but my hope lies in this new app dropping on the 6th that’s already tied to my existing account. I’m looking forward to doing whatever I can to cultivate a community where I already feel at home.