Fare thee well, Twitter!

Let us go hence, my songs; she will not hear.
Let us go hence together without fear;
Keep silence now, for singing-time is over,
And over all old things and all things dear.
She loves not you nor me as all we love her.
Yea, though we sang as angels in her ear,
She would not hear.

Algernon Charles Swinburne, “A Leave-taking”
[id: screenshot of my farewell tweet on twitter which reads: well folks, twitter has become something i no longer recognize as home. so i’ve moved to tumblr. i’m just posting this for any of my mutuals who may have done so as well and want to reconnect. as to the rest, i bid you all a very fond farewell. under the text is a still image of the animated gif of elderly bilbo from peter jackson’s the fellowship of the ring at the conclusion of his farewell speech, right before he puts the ring on and disappears, with the subtitle underneath reading: goodbye. /end id]

Long ago I washed up on the shores of Twitter, a lonely bitter refugee from Tumblr (though I wore a different face and bore a different name), and much for the same reason: my favourite hellsite had been bought by a bag of dicks (in that case, Verizon and in this case the worst POS imaginable aside from TFG, but the names and faces matter little).

Anyway, I enjoyed my stay there for a time, but then for whatever reason suddenly I had little to no engagement (as did a great many of my mutuals), for which I and a few others suspected the insidiousness of dastardly changes to the algorithm, or some other manipulation behind the scenes, perhaps in the form of shadowbanning. But regardless of the culprit, I steadily began to lose interest in this so-called social media platform which had clearly lost interest in me and my friends. And then to top it off, the unthinkable happened.

So, ’tis not with a heavy heart that I bid Twitter adieu in the end, any more than I would be the least bit saddened upon leaving a desert isle, even if sailing into uncharted waters. In fact, I am gladdened by it, because at last I am returning home. To Tumblr! And I hope some of you will join me there on this new/old exciting journey. I’ll be mostly blogging (and reblogging) about D&D and other tabletop roleplaying games, Critical Role, and anything Tolkien or fantasy-related, including books, video games, movies, and shows. There won’t be a lot of text posts, though. I’ll leave that for this blog, which I hope to begin contributing to in a meaningful way once more round St. Patrick’s Day. Till then, may the road rise to meet you, and the wind always be at your back.


Published by striderlee

Dungeon Master, homebrewer, foodie, bibliophile, and fantasy author. He/Him

5 thoughts on “Fare thee well, Twitter!

  1. Twitter used to be a great site once upon a time. I might re-join Tumblr, but I reached maximum annoyance with them when they kept banning my book cover (no greater corrupting influence than– checks notes– a picture of a 150-year-old statue).

    1. Yes one of the things that really pissed me off was that I never posted anything NSFW on Tumblr, yet half my posts were flagged by AI that didn’t know a hawk from a handsaw… or human flesh from sand on a beach. But now that it’s owned by the same company that owns WordPress, hopefully that sort of thing won’t happen again.

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