By Ben Langlotz | May 6, 2022 | Opinion Pieces | 0 Comments
Now that Twitter is owned by someone who seems to like both freedom and capitalism, it’s time for everyone reading these words to reconsider Twitter.
Like you, I skipped all the MySpace, TikTok, SnapChat fads, and for years skipped Twitter as just another apparent waste of time with a silly name that I couldn’t take seriously. (I’m still not an Instagram user, nor Pinterest, and never got any benefit out of LinkedIn from the very early years). But let’s get one thing out of the way:
If you think you’re “on social media” with only a Facebook account, you aren’t. And you’re getting terrible content. You’re served ads from truly fraudulent businesses, and you’re being deceived into thinking that when you post something that all your “friends” will see it (only a few percent will unless you pay Zuckerberg). Never mind that they hate you and worked to steal the 2020 election.
The real problem with Facebook is that it’s where ordinary people go to get things off their chest, and get the illusion that they’re influencing others. That kind of content rarely makes you smarter or better informed, or even entertained or amused. You end up getting served the same videos that have nothing to do with your life or your friends’ lives. You’re basically watching TV, and it’s as junky and mindless as 200 cable channels with “nothin’ on.” Remember the early days when you connected with family members and old friends? Facebook is nothing like that anymore, is it?
As an active Twitter user who gets most of my news and information there, I observe that Facebook “news” (typically my friends’ comments on events) is days behind Twitter, which is usually a day ahead of the “news” sources like cable news and newspapers.
The Big Benefits of Twitter
What follows isn’t just a reason to get on Twitter for your own enjoyment and edification. It’s to alert you that your potential customers will find these reasons compelling, and that you’ll want to be there when they arrive so you can start a potential relationship with them.
The first big benefit is going straight to the source. Suppose you look forward to the Tucker Carlson perspective on things every day on Fox News. You can wait and watch his TV show when it airs, or watch the stream later (I almost wrote TiVo, showing my age). On Twitter, you’ll see Tucker’s tweets, which are simply a posted news item (this is how you get the news) with his comment. Or perhaps his comment on someone else’s tweet. Your feed might show you when Tucker “likes” a story. You’ll see Tucker tweeting and commenting on the things he will be talking about tonight. Or even tomorrow.
Now, imagine that after following Tucker for a while, you liked some of the opinion-makers he liked (his “follows” – you’re his “follower”). That provides you a buffet of other interesting people, and you can pick your consistent favorites to follow to generate your own interesting “feed.” You might follow one who seems great for one tweet, then unfollow if they turn out to mostly tweet about cats – easy.
Each of those new follows will expose you to other people they follow, and so on. Here’s where it gets interesting. You’re going to find fascinating people with great (or hilarious) ideas, who you never heard of before. You might find someone who’s great at analyzing medical data, and who helps you stay better informed in a pandemic than just watching whatever cable news dishes out. You might follow gun industry insiders who alert you to stories that would otherwise take a long time to cross your desk, and might even make you the “insider” reporter your followers rely on.
What About Guns?
Asking my Facebook pals (love you guys, but hate the platform) they flagged an important point: “What about us?” Won’t Twitter treat gun folks badly?
Will a Muskian free Twitter allow open discussion and promotion of guns and gun products? I can assure that there are plenty of pro-gun folks presently openly advocating on Twitter, and my suggested follow list is below. I see gun companies promoting their stuff. No doubt like any participant who is advocating against the Silicon Valley woke narrative, there is suppression, throttling, and “shadow-banning” to reduce your effectiveness, but doubtlessly this will diminish as overall suppression is scrutinized or stopped. Nobody’s perfect, and our purist pals will find some excuse not to participate in the best venue out there, but Twitter is now THE place for us to be, if only to poke the liberals in the eye as Twitter’s success increases in the wake of the revelation and destruction of their biased efforts.
How I Started
I was a fan of Scott Adams (Dilbert cartoonist) for his uncanny pre-2016 predictions and analysis of Trump’s persuasion skills, and Twitter was the only interactive place I could get him, so I joined. I looked for some interesting people to follow, and found that nearly everyone I followed was an author, of books I had read. These aren’t just random Joes to chew the fat with, they’re people whose books I’ve read, who I can get insights from, and enjoy possible interaction with. I eventually expanded to far more types, and found myself getting smarter (Facebook time seems to have the opposite effect as it kills brain cells).
The important thing I did in 2014 was just to start participating, as if some day others (you?) might come across me, and see I was worth following. I don’t intend to use Twitter as a money-making tool, but just as a relationship building tool.
Twitter Boot Camp in Ten Steps
Note that I learned what one of the most influential people in the world is thinking within minutes. The guy makes a good point: the law defines permissible and impermissible speech, and has spent centuries trying getting it right. Maybe we let those be our guidelines, and don’t introduce woke 20-somethings to steer the national discourse. Let ideas stand or fall on their merit, and on the strength of the arguments for and against.
I should note that you can read things on Twitter (try https://twitter.com/GunPatent) without joining, and there’s nothing wrong with that to get acquainted.
My gun rights world follow list is one you might want to check out. It’s missing many others, including my great clients. If you’re a print reader, click the QR code to avoid retyping. @jimshepherd @opensrcdefense @badweapontakes @lawofselfdefense @kennethWroyce1 @2afdn @fenixammunition @guntruth @gunpatent @gunpolicy @jpr9954 @handgnr @chrisknox_az @jeffknox @bowtiegunguy @camedwards @alangura @mrcolionnoir @crimeresearch1 @johnrlottjr @theshootingwire @nssf @nssfshotshow @dcodrea
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