Social media can be downright nasty. Last week I dropped a high school classmate from my Facebook posse. Personal attacks combined with no willingness to exercise clear thought made the deletion a no-brainer.
I’ve had to do the same thing with Twitter. I like Twitter because it can serve as an informative news feed. If you are following great breaking news sites or individuals who stay on top of breaking news, you may not even have to put on your television set. I’ve had to do some house cleaning, however, mainly because of the vitriol that can flow from individuals.
The vitriol reached a head in the 2012 general elections and right after the elections I decided to stop following not only a lot of people on Twitter, but also the cable programmers such as CNN, Fox, and MSNBC. MSNBC and Fox are doing to much leaning forward and providing imbalanced perspective, respectively. CNN has allowed everyone to tell it that the company doesn’t know what it is, when what it was trying to be, a balanced, global news organization was good enough for those of us that trusted its competitive advantage of providing breaking news from around the world.
So while I miss Fredrica Whitfield’s smiling face and spunk, it’s not enough to keep me.
Following the GOP on Twitter gets harder every day. As a The New York Times piece by Andrew Rosenthal points out, this is the party that was supposed to have taken a little time off during the elections so that it could look inward and find ways to communicate their positions to the political middle so that it could gain more votes. But if you follow these guys on Twitter you’d think that all they did was look in a mirror and utter that Billy Crystal line from Saturday Night Live, “You look marvelous.”
Well, the gotcha moments and rehashing of Election 2012 on Twitter is a turnoff and the GOP could do us all a favor and put social media to good use.