I’m not someone who often outright rejects or refuses to participate in something due to a moral standpoint I carry. One of the only ‘moral objections’ I had was Twitter; I always said to myself that no matter how many people worldwide use it, especially when it came to football, I would not be one of them.
Note the use of the word had in the previous sentence.
Yes after many years I have become a sheep and properly plunged myself into the Twitterverse.
I always viewed Twitter as a place where anyone could, either publicly or behind a pseudonym, post any opinion they want no matter how ridiculous, vulgar or relevant it is. The 280 character limit imposed makes it a breeding ground for hot takes. In many ways then not the most ideal place for my intended style of journalism. Don’t get me wrong this sort of things occurs in all social media, however the worst cases, such as death threats against footballers by ‘fans’ after bad performances always seemed to be found on Twitter.
So why have I decided to jump on the bandwagon? The honest answer, necessity. The trouble is no matter how much I am not exactly on board with the modern nature of social media; as a very rookie writer/blogger with little to no following outside of my Facebook friends, I needed to put my name out there in the public eye so that I can gain a hopefully positive reputation and get my writing some publicity. Long story short, I am now one of 330 million Twitter users around the globe. Talk about a drop in the ocean.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that this becoming notable on Twitter plan is a very slow burn. Unless I state at the end of this article that sources close to me say that the Queen has contracted the coronavirus, I highly doubt that this will make any shockwaves (at the time of writing I have a grand total of 2 followers.)
No doubt some of you are probably expecting a bloated rant about how Twitter showcases the decline of modern society and how humanity is doomed. But judging from my first few days on the site I have been pleasantly surprised. A lack of vulgar or ridiculous and death threats; instead replaced by normal people simply discussing the things (or at this present time, deadly virus) that is making headlines around the world.
In fairness the lack of vitriol especially on football twitter at the moment probably stems from the absence of any football, and as a result clubs on various social media platforms are reminiscing on times of previous success, which means that even us Wanderers fans can for once enjoy ourselves.
My foray into Twitter has also led me to realise that social media can be a good and positive thing as long as we don’t take ourselves too seriously. It can be a great tool in sharing amazing stories or relevant information, or even just documenting the interesting things in our lives. There is nothing wrong with that. The real problems with social media arise when people begin to take ourselves and our opinions too seriously; when we consistently argue with others refusing to backdown on our point of view no matter how distorted or single-minded we may be. Or when we try too hard to conform with the rest of society and in an aim to mask our insecurities we create an online facade that requires constant upkeep to remain trendy and relevant.
You can take this comment however you wish but I believe that we should all just be ourselves on social media, but also allow others to be who they want to be.