A lot of ex-Twitter folks talk about a form of PTSD we’d gotten from working there, and a large part of it was the pace. We had an omnipresent fear of missing something important or being late to something urgent. So we were ever vigilant: always checking in, always keeping up. We feared being the single point of failure that brought the ship down. This wasn’t just a desire to be good at our jobs. We all cared deeply about Twitter and felt we needed to help keep something important stay alive.
Ginger Makela Riker
BlackBerry employees also experienced this. BlackBerry created mobile email and so the company lived on it. To be the best there you had to be the fastest to respond to issues via email. This made life very stressful. I was always checking my phone. The sound of it vibrating or the sight of the red blinking light immediately sent stress signals through my body.
I left BlackBerry four years ago and now make sure that there are no notifications for email on my phone at all. But it took me a long time to get there. It took 2 years for me to remove notifications for work email after BlackBerry. I did this once I finally realized that other companies did not define you as the best by how fast you replied to email. In fact they may define it the opposite. If you are so fast to reply to email are you actually doing your job? I learned I could let it go and reply when needed. (Though I would argue that Chat is the new email for quick replies, I am still working on that one.)
BlackBerry like twitter was high paced and people worked hard there. We changed how people thought about email and mobile communication, just like twitter is. When you are part of something that big you want to do your best and you tend to hold the weight of the company on your shoulders. This is really hard to deal with when the company starts to fail in a massive way (like BlackBerry did). The only way for me to fully deal with that was to move on.
Good luck on detoxing yourself from the high paced stress of twitter.