I don’t normally make New Year’s Resolutions, online or off, but I made an exception this year. Here’s mine:
“Block with abandon. I spent far too many emotional cycles last year on people arguing with me in bad faith, diving into arguments that could never be won. At some point, I stopped arguing and started blocking. I blocked hundreds of randos who insulted me or threatened people I admire— sea lions sauntering their way into my attention — and turned the Internet into something I could love again. Never. Again.”
As of today, I’ve blocked 603 accounts, the vast majority of those in the last three months.
Last month, I threw a Lazyweb request out into the ether:
I need a Chrome add-on to make Twitter blocking a one-click process. Something like this would be just great. pic.twitter.com/f1lQ1MJloR
— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) December 2, 2014
Within seconds, Phil Renaud replied:
@waxpancake on it
— Phil Renaud (@phil_renaud) December 2, 2014
A few days later, he delivered Twitter Quicker Blocker, a Chrome add-on that does one thing beautifully: it turns blocking into a one-click process from the Twitter website. (Two weeks later, Brian Henriquez made his own as a learning exercise.)
Here’s what that looks like:
Ideally, Twitter would provide better tools for managing your experience and coping with Internet assholes, but until then, I’m grateful to all the devs trying to make things better.