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I gave the Twitter issue some thought, and while skimming through timelines, I've noticed that even NSFW accounts that I follow are starting to practically spam political tweets through the retweet systems. Accounts that are normally all about art or tech are turning heavily political as well. There's no way to filter it out aside from unfollowing or muting people outright.

Twitter, in and of itself, is a shit platform for someone like me. I've been saying this for a while, but it's becoming much more clear as of late.

Twitter's big feature is the “firehose”, a deluge of every bit of information from the people you follow, that they follow, and potentially that those people follow. There's no way to completely block retweets, as “quote retweets” completely ignore the one option you have for that—which some people actually use to get around the fact that others can turn off normal retweets.

Honestly, the worst of it all is the toxic atmosphere that spawns from many discussions. Even a minor discussion about simple problems can turn somewhat hateful when other people suddenly get involved.

Then there are the mobs that form on Twitter… I've seen far too many people simply chased off of the site for a minor disagreement. It's like playing a typical game of DotA, but far worse.

I'm thankful for people like Christian Heilmann, who at least try to make Twitter a nicer place, but I don't think I really want to be a part of something that causes me so much stress. I just need to figure out what I can do to keep from being drawn back to it.

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