Friday, February 04, 2011

I'm a Quitter!

I've been giving a lot of thought to de-cluttering my life lately and one of the things at the top of my list is twitter. I've finally decided after a year (or two) of hemming and hawing over it, to officially become a twitter-quitter.

I've been on the fence about twitter from the day I joined the site. Initially I thought I should give it a shot just to see what the fuss was about, but I now know it's not for me.

It feels very much like people shouting for attention in an over-crowded cafeteria, all noise. I haven't found it particularly helpful to me or my career and more often than not, it just makes me feel frustrated or annoyed, and that's not useful. Perhaps I'm using it wrong, I don't know… but frankly I just don't care.

If there's one thing being involved with social media has taught me, its that you don't HAVE to be active on every single possible social networking site out there to maintain a successful internet presence. I quit Linked In for much the same reasons two years ago. It's important to try things out of course, but sometimes you just have to let go of what doesn't work for you and instead focus on what does, so you're better able to thrive at it. Concentrating on what works for me makes more sense than spreading myself too thin and trying to keep up with everything, and everyone all the time.

I debated my decision to quit because I felt unsure about losing my "followers." However there are several other ways for people to keep up and interact with me about my work. By following this blog for instance, my facebook fan page, or by signing up for my new and improved newsletter [which you can easily sign up for at the top right hand side of this blog.] I'm hopeful that my followers will be interested enough to continue on with me in these other formats.

So, so long twitter! Its been… well, it's just, been.

If you're considering ending it all… check out this website. Too funny.


Irit said...

I'm with you! Twitter is an endless chat session, and I always find I have nothing to say on this platform. And I HATE people who join services such as Foursquare and then tweet their every move.

I'm a loyal follower of your (amazing) work on Facebook, your blog, and your newsletter. Other fans will do the same. Rest assured. :-)

Janice said...

I dropped out of most social media a while back - but I do have my blog set to automatically feed into those venues (twitter, facebook) so people who WANT to read can get an preview when I post and then come over to read. :)

(enjoying your blog, just stumbled in today....)