I have been a lot less angry, or in a happier mood, since leaving Twitter, which is kind of odd given what's going on in the world right now.

The thing is that I haven't stopped checking in on my friends on Twitter (as long as their profiles are public). It's easy enough to create a bookmark folder of links to their profiles and keep it in my bookmark bar.

It now seems to me that there's a big difference between being in read-write and read-only mode on Twitter. Reading tweets that people post to their own profile versus what you see in the aggregated timeline/feed is a completely different interaction style, and it seems healthier. You wouldn't think it matters since it's such a small nuance, being logged in versus the not.

This could probably be expanded into a larger discussion on making yourself too accessible and a rethinking on how the portals you are opening up to yourself via the internet are something that need to be carefully considered.

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