Dan Slott posted something on Twitter I thought was interesting. He said his Twitter account is his personal account, that’s why he uses it to post about politics and other divisive issues.
If I were a plumber, should my Twitter account only be about plumbing?
Again, my Twitter feed is my personal account.
It's not mandatory. https://t.co/yUxajve3gS
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) November 1, 2017
Dan Slott blocked me on Twitter for following Diversity & Comics. At least that’s what I assume. A lot of people who follow D&C can’t follow Dan Slott or even read is tweets. We’ve all been blocked. If I want to read a Dan Slott tweet, I have to fire up Firefox, not log into Twitter, and go to his Twitter feed. Since I normally use Google Chrome, it automatically logs me into Twitter.
Quick Twitter trick
If you want someone to unfollow you, but don't wish to block them:
Block them & immediately UNblock them.
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) October 21, 2017
Dan Slott is wrong
If Dan Slott were a plumber and not one of Marvel Comics’ top writers, he wouldn’t be able to tweet from a verified account. You see the fancy blue check mark next to his name? That means he’s been verified by Twitter. The Twitter blue check mark is a badge of privilege and honor. You only get a Twitter verified account check mark if you’re famous and deemed worthy by the folks who run Twitter.
Milo Yiannopoulos, the obnoxious conservative writer formerly from Breitbart, had a Twitter account. Twitter shut it down because he posted mean things about Saturday Night Live actress Leslie Jones. Before Twitter gave him the boot, he had a verified account and then he didn’t. Twitter removed the verified account check mark from Milo Yiannopoulos’ account to punish him. I think he was mean to someone else before being mean to Leslie Jones. I don’t remember what it was or who it was against. I’m feeling too lazy right now to look it up on Ask Jeeves.
If the Twitter blue check mark was, in fact, a tool for verification, why then would Twitter punish Milo Yiannopoulos by taking it away?
If Dan Slott were a plumber, he wouldn’t have a blue check mark next to his name. His Twitter account would have just as much clout and privilege as every other Twitter account. In other words, it would have no clout and no privilege. If he wanted a large follower count, he’d have to build it the old-fashioned way, by posting interesting content.
Because he’s a top writer for Marvel Comics, he automatically garners followers. People follow Dan Slott because they’re interested in the books he writes.
How does Dan Slott use this privilege given to him because of who he works for? By posting stuff you’d expect to see in the comment section over at Daily Kos. What’s even worse is all the retweeting he does. It’s bad enough to read his political opinions, it’s even worse to read the opinions of others.
Did you know Dan Slott doesn’t like Donald Trump?
Pregnant Gold Star widow two days after her husband was laid to rest, while Trump was on his 75th golf trip since becoming President. https://t.co/59vYDle8kX
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) October 23, 2017
Nothing Trump says is done to distract you from another terrible thing that's going on
Since Trump took office, it's ALL been terrible 24/7
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) October 19, 2017
We get it. Dan Slott doesn’t like Donald Trump. If we all agree to this as a stipulation of fact, can he then move on and use his verified Twitter account to talk about the comics he writes? The verified Twitter account with a Spider-Man logo as the avatar?
If you’re a comic book professional and you’re doing things correctly, I should have no idea what political ideals you hold. Comic books, when done right, are a form of escapism. Comic books allow the people to take a break from the real world and enjoy a few minutes of entertainment.
If Dan Slott wants a personal Twitter account, he should create one. He could use it to post his political opinions. People who are interested in his fresh takes on Trump could then follow that personal Twitter account. He then could use his verified Twitter account to post about his books and the books of other comic book professionals. He should also stop blocking people from his verified Twitter account.
How can you promote your work to someone you’ve blocked?