Tweets of the Week Special Edition: Feathers fly over CCN

Change Cycling NowI’ve been doing Tweets of the Week now for nearly a year and I’ve found the funny (most weeks), the poignant (WW108 tributes), the ludicrous (WagWars); created special editions on Lance (numerous times), Wiggins vs Froome, David Millar for UCI President, et cetera et cetera.

For each of the special editions, I try to sift through the various strings of conversation, trying to find a theme, trying to find some semblance of balance of opinion in order to show the full diversity of voices  – some weeks are easier than others. But nothing has prepared me for the shitstorm that has been raging all weekend over Change Cycling Now. Some of the most vitriolic, bombastic, nasty, whining tweets I’ve seen – everyone seemed to be at everybody’s throats! No one seems to want to listen to anyone else! FFS!!!

I’ve been sitting here for the past two hours, collecting tweets, picking up and losing the threads, getting more and more disheartened by the whole ridiculous mess. That’s not to say that everyone was talking crap – far from it. A lot of people had brilliant points both for and against, the arguments I hoped I could lay out. But I have to say, my patience has deserted me on this one. I can no longer be bothered trying to find a way of presenting any of this.

So this Tweets of the Week is going to be short. Of all the hundreds of tweets I’ve seen on this subject, @dimspace had the most balanced view and talked the most sense.

Dim plea 1Dim plea 2Dim plea 3Dim plea 4Dim plea 5Dim plea 6Dim plea 7Dim plea 9

Oh, and this from Panache was funny.

Charter of the willing 3 panache

Hopefully next week I’ll be in a better mood. Until then, check out the timelines of, well, anyone and you’ll find some interesting stuff.

My favourite thing I learned on Twitter this week: there’s such a thing as sea butterflies. Marvellous.

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