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The Five Best Times to Stay Off Twitter

Sometimes seeing the fail whale is not the worst thing in the world.
Sometimes seeing the fail whale is not the worst thing in the world.

Twitter can be a really engaging tool. It provides a great way to benignly interact with people and is rapidly becoming the best source for breaking news media. But it has its pitfalls and I'm not just talking about those people you follow who always post their workout information.

There are certain times when it's a good idea to avoid Twitter altogether. Obviously, some of these may not apply to you if you are involved in any of these endeavors. But, if you aren't, consider finding some other way to spend your time, perhaps playing Words with Friends.

Here are the five best times to just say no to Twitter.

5. During Televised Events The Grammys, the Academy Awards, the Super Bowl, political debates; these are the killers of Twitter. Besides the play-by-play wannabes who broadcast every moment of the action in their stream, there are those who don't know anything about what they are watching but feel inclined to participate anyway. Instead of tweeting about it, just watch it. One technology at a time is enough.

4. When Someone Famous Dies Twitter has become the source for breaking news, and celebrity deaths like Whitney Houston are no exception. However, once you have seen the news that a mega celeb has passed, your best bet is to hightail it away from Twitter immediately. The "RIP" posts are about to start dominating your entire friend feed.

3. During a Tech Convention Whenever a huge technology convention like the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference or CES is ongoing, I find it best to avoid my tech tweeters. Generally, I'll just mute them rather than leaving Twitter. But, when a big social media gathering happens, I run for the hills screaming.

 

2. After a Big Breaking News Story Much like the death of a celebrity, once the news is broken, there's a good chance the fail whale will soon appear, but if it doesn't and Twitter manages to survive the onslaught of tweets, your feed will be rendered worthless. It might be a handy way of keeping yourself updated, but most likely it will be awash with inane chatter and OMGs.

1. Election Day If there were ever to be a national holiday from Twitter, I would propose that day be election day. A two-year national election is bad enough, but watching Twitter during the last presidential election was almost unbearable. I lost a lot of good men that day, and by that I mean I un-followed a lot of people I previously thought were sane.


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