Politics, when it's done right, is pretty boring.
The person you want running the show should fairly quietly make things better.
You aren't going to have a beer with them.
You need to trust them enough to not blow up the world, and in our form of government to have the kind of personality that can compromise and work with others.
You want someone who's thoughtful and loves to understand how things and people work.
Mostly you want to feel things are being taken care of and get on with your own life. That imho is the most important freedom of all, freedom to focus, to be yourself, to have a life.
Your choices of who can reply:
And since you can mention no one, you can make it so that no one can respond to a post. This is a good feature because people can still comment on your tweet by RTing it, but they can't speak to everyone who reads it unless you let them.
It's the Twitter equivalent of what I say to people who want to comment on my blog posts. Start a blog, I advise, and say what you have to say and link to my post. Of course what they really wanted was to use my flow to (very often) zing me personally in some way. I consider that spam. Or hijacking. It gets so insidious so quickly that I haven't had comments here for any duration for many years. It starts off collegial, but quickly devolves into abuse as the trolls take over. And that's exactly what has happened on Twitter. Completely predictable.
People like to say Twitter is about conversation, but that isn't my experience. Very little illuminating conversation. Lots of stupid unfunny supposed jokes, and put-downs, and ads masquerading as opinion.
It's a good change:
Good move all around.
Most of the people my age when we were in school never imagined computers would be used by normal people to communicate. They resisted the idea.
So what are most of us missing today? I think it has to do with who will be doing our daily journalism. Imho, we all will. Why?
From a thread on Facebook.