the thing about twitter, and social media generally -- but it feels much worse on twitter -- is the false sense of closeness it gives. i end up interacting with someone so much, and so often, that i start to imagine we're friends. and sometimes we are? but not always.

one of the lessons i had to teach myself about... 10 years ago, I guess, is 'co-workers are not friends.'

The Twitter version of this lesson is 'mutuals are not friends', and I really wasn't emotionally prepared for that fact, and so I got hurt pretty badly. And deleting all my twitter accounts is maybe overreaction, but at the same time it's like recoiling away from a pain source... it's a reflex, and I can't help it.

anyway, this is random rambling at this point, and I probably should have CWed it for length.


oddly, the difficulty i have using the masto interface alienates me from the conversations that are happening, and give me (whether I want it or not) a more healthy distance.

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