I like to shout at people on Twitter

Nope, actually I don’t like to shout at people on Twitter. But I’m amazed at how many people actually do. I’m well versed in Facebook etiquette and I like to put my artwork up on Instagram so I have used that a fair bit. But I’ve only got my teeth into Twitter for the first time very, very recently. And I’m finding it terrifying and fascinating in equal measures.

Is Twitter just a really aggressive place?

I started this blog and all the other stuff along with it to try and build people up a little bit and particularly people who are introverted and have in interest in the bible. You don’t have to be or have either of these but I still want it to be a positive and uplifting place to be on the internet.

However, I realised quite quickly that you need to set up a Twitter account to be considered ‘present’ on the internet, otherwise people just look at you like you’ve crawled out from under a rock. So I did set one up and started to Tweet a little bit on really inane topics like how much I loved a certain contestant on Strictly (Mike Bushell is the best, just for your info).

Once I’d got a little bit of confidence and gained a whopping three followers I decided to start tweeting about the bigger topics that are bothering me. I had a whole list all stored up in my mind and now that I’ve tried out one of them I’m a little scared to try any others.

I decided to start with the climate change issue because it is something I’m genuinely worried about. I tried to make my tweet light with a little humour about people complaining about traffic jams because of the protests and then I took a deep breath and pressed the tweet button.

Now my tweet didn’t set the world on fire but I got back a bit more hate than I would get for my thoughts on Mike Bushell’s paso doble. The comments that I received back were all entirely fair and valid but they were more aggressive than I am used to when sharing things with my friends on Facebook. This space actually felt quite hostile all of a sudden.

I had to close my screen down after a while because I knew that engaging with people is about the worst thing you can do, especially when you’re starting to get a bit upset by what people are saying. But it did make me think about how sensitive I am and how little some people seem to care at all. Perhaps I brought that one on myself by trying to poke fun at the situation but the speed and the force with which some of these Twitterers (is that the right word?) come down on you is frightening. It’s kind of made me a little bit scared to say anything on there because if someone disagrees they just shout at you. I can see myself poring over the wording of each tweet for hours before sending out into the world.

My conclusion is a pretty blunt one and it is that Twitter is no place for a feeling introvert. If one reply that wasn’t even that bad nearly brought me to tears and made me worry that the police were going to come around and confiscate my laptop then I dread to think what would happen if I inadvertently riled up the masses. People seem to love this shit but I find it so scary! I think I will continue to comment on Strictly and throw in the odd tweet about things that really weigh on my heart because I’m intrigued by this new world. But I think that if anything, Twitter will be an excellent place for me to do some training in growing a pair and dealing with conflict. So thanks Twitter and all the angry people on there.

Much Love

Rachel xx

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