If you want to know what’s going with me follow @SteveSmithFDN and check out what we are doing. it’s been real! Deuces done with tweeter!
— Steve Smith Sr (@89SteveSmith) October 6, 2014
As any internet addict out there could tell you, it’s easy to get compulsive about your social media consumption. Those endlessly scrolling feeds, those little blasts of inane information… it’s soothing and pleasurable all at the same time. So I can relate to Ravens receiver Steve Smith, who announced this week that he was quitting his very popular Twitter feed.
Smith decided to give up on Twitter in part because he was having trouble with all the negativity directed at him and others (teammate Torrey Smith deleted the Twitter app on his phone for similar reasons… though that hasn’t seemed to have stopped him from posting). But he also spoke up in favor of that little old thing called real life: “At the end of the day, what’s on my Twitter feed and what’s going on with the world, I don’t think that should be on the same level,” he told ESPN.
A quick perusal of Smith’s Twitter feed shows frequent photos of lions, ravens, Ravens fan art, and photos of Smith’s young son. The account was gaining on 100,000 followers, so giving up the Tweets must have been at least a little bit painful. Instead of deleting his Twitter account entirely, though, Smith has said he’s keeping it in place for marketing purposes… so he can re-start whenever he wants. I give him a month.
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