Tech Twitter is broken

April 7, 2021
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So, I've tweeted this and it looks like I'm not alone.

I've been mean to write this article for a few months now. I created my Twitter account back in 2007, but never really paid much attention to it. I've had several accounts over the years but only last year I started using it more often.

Since I've been a developer for 14 years I wanted to connect with tech accounts, I started looking for a tech community.

I'll not argue that in many aspects the Twitter tech community is awesome, on others, not so much. Before I dig into what I think it's some of the problems over there let me tell you a little story that happened to me.

I love to help people whenever I can, so I was scrolling through Twitter after dinner, bumped into a tweet of someone asking for help on a Next.js issue. I got up, went to my office, opened my laptop and started trying to figure out what was wrong to help this person.

We did manage to get the app working, and the person deleted their tweet. Like, what the f? Don't get me wrong, I don't want any credit for the help, it's just in case someone else is having the same issue and can find a fix on Twitter.

Bullshit clout

Everyone makes mistakes, when I started my account I noticed that one thing that was attracting a lot of people into my account was sharing HTML, CSS and JavaScript tips. So, that's what I did for a few months until I realized that was simply not me, I was starting to sound and look like a robot, a bot, whatever you want to call it. So I stopped, nowadays I only share a tip when I find it realize useful. Most of my content these days is me just being me, shitposting and sharing photos.

Like I mentioned before, I've been coding for 14 years and I take no bullshit from anyone, but all those threads on Twitter are starting to make me sick, not because of me, but because of people starting to get into tech.

Most of these people getting into tech do not know any better, so they ended up believing they need to learn every God damn programming language in this forsaken World. It's overwhelming to see all those 83 JavaScript frameworks, 105 Database solutions, etc;

I thank God that when I started it was straight HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL as a database, that's it. So easy to pick what you'll be using/learning.

You should, shouldn't you?

This one really grinds my gears. People saying you should learn this and that. You should that this and that course. You should buy this and that book.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no. It's annoying, isn't it? Stop saying people should do this and that. There is no right way of learning how to code and I'll safely say your way will definitely not be right as well. You do you!

Rant over! If you're one of these people constantly sharing threads, lists of dozens of frameworks and so on, you should stop it, you're killing tech twitter.

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