if i were a lawyer and a writer with a career of pretty decent work to spotlight, i'd probably try to avoid building my entire twitter personality around hating things which other people enjoy and that are entirely harmless to me.
if you nonetheless choose this path, at least lean into it and write a very petty weekly newsletter called "advice you didn't ask for" and put some effort into the branding you're already earning, rather than half-assing it.
these people have always existed but before twitter i could "accidentally" "lose their number" and "miss their texts" until they eventually found someone else to annoy
i, too, get easily annoyed by entirely harmless things, but like a good curmudgeon, i recognize that not all of my petty and pointless complaints are a great idea to advertise
a wise skill to learn is when to put something in a group text vs when to post it

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