Someone I follow on Twitter wrote that they would summarily block anyone on their timeline who mentioned a certain subject. That sort of behaviour irritated me. I shall now vent on that for a bit.
I don't wish to call this person out, because we all have a right to say what we like and do what we like on our timelines. But basically what they said amounted to "I don't want to hear you talking about topic X or I will block you." (and it wasn't a harmful topic like hate speech or anything, where that's an understandable ask).
So basically, everyone this person follows is being told to not speak about a certain, harmless topic or to take a block. Rather than this person using the filters Twitter provides to hide the topic, the onus is being put on everyone else to self-censor for their personal comfort.
At that point, I'd bloody well take the block, because my timeline is my timeline, not yours. If you don't like what I'm saying you're welcome to block / mute / unfollow, but don't count on me being so desperate to be seen / followed that I will adjust my content to conform to your whims.
The fact that I even thought about doing so for a moment irritates me to no end. I don't talk about this there or call them out because I don't feel like starting drama.
It made me question what I am doing on Twitter. Am I there to be desperate for attention / interaction, or just to read what people I think are interesting are saying, with discourse as a nice bonus?
The latter, I'd say.
Don't be a jerk on your timeline. Don't try to twist the arms of those you follow to speak only about that which interests you. It won't go down well.
Having successfully invaded both America and Canada from her home base in Windsor, Paisley has become horribly corrupted by the world. She hates active voice and wished to god Twitter had an edit button but is now glad to be rid of that place. Dedicated to "creating the greatest 'Ship of them all", she ponders horribly terrible, idiotic things for your amusement.