THREAD: Over the last few months, during challenging times, a pattern has developed of individuals inserting themselves into my Twitter threads and attempting to inflame benign discussions by making false accusations and questioning motives.
I’m an advocate of social media, and I understand that by using social media I’m engaging in a public discussion. Discussion can lead to disagreements, which I welcome, as long as the debate remains respectful. It’s the disrespectful debate that I’m calling out today.
One of my favorite stories about social media is that I became friends with @jpkolb after he publicly disagreed with me on Twitter. Over lunch, Jeff and I talked about our disagreement, and as they say, the rest is history. Respectful disagreement can start a friendship.
I know we're in challenging times, and a Twitter thread about being respectful on social media is small potatoes in comparison to what’s going on in the world. But my threads are my little space, and I want to keep them welcoming and respectful.
Over the last few months, I’ve had a few issues with people assuming nefarious motives behind tweets and then hijacking the threads with accusations. I have open DMs, and I’ve engaged with some of the people privately, and they’ve apologized or retracted their statements.
I’m not perfect, and I don’t expect other people to be perfect. I make mistakes, and I expect others to make mistakes. We all need to give each other the space to be human. To not be perfect and to make mistakes. I know it’s just Twitter, but let’s all try.
If you have a question about a tweet or comment, let me know. If you disagree with me, let me know. But please keep the disagreements respectful. Don’t make assumptions. Ask questions. Be polite. Be respectful. I promise I’ll do the same. If I don’t, please let me know.