Author twitter was a thing, for years. Writers of all stripes, from all parts of the world, and at all stages of the journey made connections there. The very nature of twitter, being text-only, was an advantage to writerly-types. I’ve been on author twitter and connected with other aspiring and accomplished authors since 2009.
That’s a lot of time spent making friends, almost as many as spent writing this blog, which turned 15 this year.
There’s a sense of loss with twitter, because the platform had its own strengths. The easy, quick and transparent dissemination of information has been of real, offline consequence in hundreds upon thousands of cases. It was certainly a little toxic, especially author twitter, but it was also positive and beneficial.
People are mourning twitter (and author twitter), and while I’m with them, I’m grieving over the connections I’ll lose when the site finally goes the way of MySpace and Flickr. This article talks about it in more comprehensive detail and with stronger emotion than I could muster.
There have been many alternative author twitter suggestions floating around in the groups I’m part of. I’m on Instagram and Facebook, so if you’re on either of those, let’s connect. Drop me your profile in the comments, and I’ll follow you.
The author twitter alternatives I hear most about are Mastodon and Threads. I made a token Threads profile, but I haven’t done much. Tiktok scares the crap out of me because I’m not a video person, and flashy images give me migraines. There’s also Blue Sky, which is very twitter-like given that it comes from the twitter founder, but it is invite-only, and I haven’t had the energy to go begging for invites yet.
And that’s the crux of the problem. It’s social media burnout.
While I’m devastated that I’ll be losing all the connections I made on Twitter, I feel too exhausted to go and gather all those friendships and transfer them over to other platforms.
I’d love to stay in touch via this blog, and if we mainly spoke on twitter, I’d love to hear from you on Facebook, Instagram, and that most ‘traditional’ of ways to keep in touch over the interwebs: the humble email.
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My prayer today is that the death of twitter (and author twitter) doesn’t lead to a devastating loss of connections. That we all find each other, because as I’ve said often enough before on this site: online friendships count just as much as offline ones, if not more.
What about you? If you were on twitter, where are you moving to? Are you looking for alternatives to author twitter? Have you decided to stay away from social media? What do your social media connections mean to you?
This is the first Wednesday of the month post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Founded by the Ninja Cap’n Alex J. Cavanaugh, the purpose of the group is to offer a safe space where writers can share their fears and insecurities without being judged.
This is a wonderful group–if you aren’t a part of it, I urge you to join in!
The awesome co-hosts for the August 2 posting of the IWSG are Kate Larkinsdale, Diane Burton, Janet Alcorn, and Shannon Lawrence!
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