I discontinued use of Twitter on June 19, 2019. The account was deactivated, which means I had 30 days to re-activate it before it is permanently deleted.
The clock was winding down, and I had to do a cost/benefit analysis of Twitter. Certainly permanent deletion would mean no more harassment through the medium (that I'd know about). There are about six people and a few 'bots that no longer would harass me.
The problem is that I'd break a connection with 22,000 people that volunteered to receive content.
Today, two days out from permanent deactivation I have a nice article at AgDaily, and a sweet one coming out in The Conversation. I'd love to share those widely.
The podcast is reaching 1 million downloads with 3,500 per week and almost 200 episodes. New episodes are not downloaded as much without the Twitter push.
Best of Both Worlds?
So it is a necessary evil and I'll have to live with it, but I have to play with different rules.
1. Block the haters, one strike and out.
2. No back-and-forth, no engagement.
3. It is a message in a bottle for me, throwing content into its stupid sea, and seeing where it goes.
I'll always be available by email and my professional Facebook page, so reach out if I may be of assistance.