Disconnecting from Social networks.

Posted on 2015-03-18

About 10 days ago, it occured to me that I am spending too much time on twitter which is probably better spent on a lot of things waiting for my attention. I had seen Matt Cutts’ 30 day challenge ted talk long before but rubbished it as something I can never do. But I searched for his talk again and found some blog posts he had written, especially the one where he gives up news and social media.

And then I read Cal Newport’s blog post on why he is not on Facebook and that blog post turned out to be an eye-opener for me.

I decided to give it a go in a small scale. I would give up twitter by deleting the twitter app from my phone (the only app other than the Phone App and Contacts app that I ever use on my ~3 year old Android phone). I didn’t install any website blocker extensions on the laptop browsers. (This post had been sitting in a draft directory and since then I have “upgraded” to a newer phone, but still without Twitter or Facebook applications installed.)

Today I decided to delete my account on Twitter altogether. Twitter and Facebook makes it really hard to give up the accounts. They don’t delete your data right away, instead they hold it for 15 or 30 days, so that you can “undelete” your account. So, in that respect, I am not out of these networks. But I am on their notice period.

Here are the things I got from it so far:

I think, from now on, I would rather pull information rather than process all the information being pushed into me. If something is important, I will get to see it anyway when I seek that information.

2015, July: I am back on Twitter in a mostly read-only, occasional retweet mode. I don’t use it for the “event stream for my brain” mode that I sometimes used in the past. World does not need to know what I am thinking/doing.