I deactivated my Twitter account today. Musk switching it over to X for really no reason whatsoever, beyond marking his territory, finally sent me over the edge. It’d been weighing on me that my chief reason for not leaving was kind of bullshit, that I needed it for self-promotion. My tweet about Ealain got 230 views, probably no downloads. It’s not a platform for free self-promotion anymore, clearly.
If I want to promote myself, Reddit is a great channel. Past that, I could easily pay for some advertising out of pocket, and that might even be a fun experiment in some cases–imagine if I designed some print advertising? Or a billboard/bus stop poster? Either way, I’d rather pay money to do something interesting than be forced to maintain access to some egomaniac’s Tower of Babel.