Did Twitter Break YA? (Reposted from Misshelved)

 Consider Twitter's tumultuous history since its launch in 2006, which happened to follow the launch of Twilight by mere months in this thought-provoking essay by Nicole Brinkley, who launched the website YA Interrobang, first posted on Misshelved.

Are you a YA reader? Do you agree with Nicole's assessment? One comment the author made really resonated with me: "The internet, in its current form, does not let you change and grow."

Speak out in the comments. 


  1. I never understood Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. When Trump decided to live on Twitter, any interest I might have had went to another universe. Last September, I logged off Facebook when I realized it was degenerating into a giant schoolyard sandbox. The social isolation of COVID didn't particularly bother me, making me realize I wasn't a particularly social creature any more-odd for a public librarian. Being this way poses a challenging from a marketing standpoint as an author, but it sure helps in terms of sanity and serenity.

    1. I'm hardly on Twitter anymore these days. I was struggling with anxiety for 4 years and when I finally stopped obsessively checking Twitter, it dissipated. I'm trying to figure out TikTok, since more of my young adult readers seem to be there.

    2. I hear you both on that front. I was barely on Twitter when I was on Twitter because I found it anxiety provoking and a futile attempt to connect with a readership that always seems illusive at best. Young adults jump from platform to platform faster than I could ever keep up with. Remember Tumblr?

  2. This is such a fantastic article. I also really love the points made here about how the readership was invited in as industry professionals.

  3. The "bookish rage" points really had an impact on me. How often have we witnessed it in action?


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