The gift of not responding

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There’s a big secret Twitter doesn’t want you to know, as Choire Sicha writes in a recent article on The Awl. “You don’t have to respond to anyone on Twitter. Ever.”

Sicha lists a number of reasons one might choose to not respond on Twitter. Highlights of the list include: “You don’t care,” “You have actual work to do,” Your cats are doing something more interesting,” and “You hate the person who’s tweeting at you.”


Serena Candelaria is a Rumpus intern, and a self-proclaimed fiction addict. This summer, she worked at 29th Street Publishing and began writing a novella. She is currently a senior at Yale, where she studies Literature. More from this author →