"It's a pretty terrible situation when you're coming to a service where, ideally, you want to learn something about the world, and you spend a majority of your time reporting abuse, receiving harassment," Dorsey said.
What's the best advice your parents ever gave you?-- Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) April 13, 2019
Thousands of answers poured in. They range from the profound to the hilarious to a role call of nostalgic dad jokes that will remind many of the awkward beauty and hilarity of having weird but wise parents. The response even surprised a Twitter veteran like Diamond.
Asked this question two days ago -- and more than 5,000 replies and quote-tweets continue to pour in. Some serious and deeply personal anecdotes... some practical wisdom... some laugh-out-loud stories.-- Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) April 15, 2019
It's made logging on to Twitter a really lovely experience. https://t.co/eoLVP2tjYA
It might just restore your faith in humanity -- or failing that at least your faith that social media can sometimes do as its founders promise and actually connect people for good. At the very least it will remind you of some home truths and crack you up. Here's a sample of some of the best responses in both categories:
My father: Never belittle someone for what they do for a job. All work is noble-- Dan in Boulder (@danmclellan) April 13, 2019
My mother: things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.
Me to my kids: Never try to impress me. I'll always think you're amazing. Do what you think is right.
Understand that criticism is just information. So is praise.-- MH Rudolph (@by_mhrudolph) April 13, 2019
(Remembering that we were, at best, middle class)
If you have a problem that can be solved with your own money, you don't have a real problem.-- (((Howard Forman))) (@thehowie) April 13, 2019
My mum once said to me seriously on the eve of my first Glastonbury.-- Kate Brittain (@BrittainKnit) April 13, 2019
'Try everything once apart from Heroin, Suicide and reggae. Reggae got really weird for me in the 80s '
Dad: Always do the hardest job first, everything gets easier thereafter.-- If you say so (@watsongirlsdad) April 14, 2019
I try and live by it, but some weekends the words just haunt me.
My father always said, if you're going to do something stupid, consider all the angles. If it's worth it, at least you won't be surprised by the consequences."-- OttolineMorrell (@OttolineMorrell) April 13, 2019
My rule to live by.
Rather than advice, my mom created a mindset in me: Whenever I asked a question, like as a teen,what time do I have to be home by, she'd say, "I trust you"; that was always her response. It instilled in me a feeling of obligation to do the right thing-- Eileen Kasai (@olikolokolo) April 13, 2019
I don't know what I want to be when I grow up either, so what do you think you could do right now?-- Will Devlin (@workinprocessuk) April 14, 2019
Relationships are like a gallon of milk. If you take a swig out of the carton and the milk is sour you throw the shit out . You don't put it back in the fridge and think maybe it will be better next week.-- Jennifer in Idaho (@jenniferinidaho) April 13, 2019
This is a more or less random sample as there are so many gems in the thread. If you want sensible advice on everything from what color to paint your walls (answer: one shade lighter than you think you should) to what essential but overlooked life skills you should learn (answer: typing), as well as words of wisdom on everything from business to relationships, check out the complete thread.
It is pretty much guaranteed to be the happiest Twitter has made you in awhile.