I’ve been off of Twitter for several months now and I’m getting ready to jump back into it. But before I start writing tweets again, I wanted to explain why I’ve been gone for so long and why I took the giant step of deleting my tweets.
My twitter account has been active since 2009 and I’ve been tweeting regularly since then. My tweets have ranged from personal musings, writing tips, book promotion and political rants. In other words, I’ve been all over the place. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it wasn’t giving me much in the way of followers.
Another factor were the tweets themselves. I can’t remember everything I’ve tweeted in 6 years. I know some of my opinions have changed. I’ve mellowed out. But if someone went back and read every tweet I’ve ever written, would they find something I’d be embarrassed about today? Probably. After all, who hasn’t written or said something in the heat of the moment that they later might regret? I’m not making excuses, just being honest.
Delete Entire Account, Or Just The Tweets?
I thought about deleting my entire Twitter account and starting over fresh. But that would mean I’d lose all my current followers – and I really do appreciate them. So I nixed deleting my account. Then I thought about just deleting my past tweets. I get to keep my followers, continue following those I like and still get a bit of a fresh start. This intrigued me. I did some research and found out Twitter begins to archive your tweets after a while. This means they are no longer searchable, and thus cannot be deleted. Those tweets are still out there, somewhere in cyberspace and I have no doubt they can surface again. I really believe in the saying, “The Internet never forgets.”
I finally decided to just delete my past tweets. I used the website Tweet Delete to get the job done. It can only delete the last 3,200 tweets, because of Twitter’s archiving system. I was hoping for more, but it’d be enough to give me a clean slate. The tweets were deleted fast. Very fast. And when it was done and I checked my twitter account, I had no more tweets showing.
What Will I Tweet About In The Future?
I know for sure I’m going to stay away from politics. It’s toxic. Emotions run too high when discussing politics. And it’s not something I want to be involved with. I don’t want to be in the business of telling other people why their wrong about their political opinions. I don’t want to waste time defending my own political opinions. Spirited debate is one thing, but on social media, when it’s easy to hide behind a computer screen, it’s easy to take things too far and regret it later. Besides, how can you have a serious political debate in 140 characters?
The only topic I can say for sure I will tweet about is content writing – since it’s what I do. Beyond that, however, I have no idea. Probably some tech-related tweets mixed in as well since I’m a big tech geek (Google Fan Boy). I guess I’ll let my tweets evolve naturally.
Whatever happens, it will be interesting. I’m happy to be back!