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My current Twitter account has been active since 2010, but I delete my tweets on a regular basis and all I really use it for anymore is liking things. You know how they ("they") always say you should listen more than you talk? That's me and liking things on Twitter; my like-to-tweet-ratio right now is 17,000 to 1:
I have a theory that you can learn more about a person by what they like on Twitter than what they actually tweet on Twitter, although that theory falls apart a little when you realize what's being liked are tweets. I suppose that's unavoidable. I still like my theory, though: it's both free and self-reinforcing. Jason Kottke (of kottke.org fame) used to have a tool called Stellar that pulled in likes from Twitter feeds, and it was my favorite way to follow anybody on Twitter. It's dead now, like the future of America, but I'm still a flagrant liker of anything involving wordplay, the worthy comeuppance of knuckleheads, small displays of heartwarming humanity, wicked Trump burns, or furry animals:
Ladies! Please stop criticizing Mike Pence's unquenchable sex appeal and allow him to govern your uterus while he eats a piece of ham alone!— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) March 30, 2017
If you want to know what Westminster Bridge is like on this beautiful morning: An Iranian man is playing the Doctor Who theme on bagpipes.— Vinay Patel (@VinayPatel) March 25, 2017
I just saw a recipe for Brussel sprout sliders on Pinterest.— CandyWhore (@CruisinSoozan) April 3, 2017
Here, I made you these tiny, angry, cabbage like burgers.
Because I hate you.
It's a good habit to have, liking things, even though the world is a shithole. I pat myself on the back for it all the time.