For those of you who’ve noticed, or been paying attention, I have de-activated my Facebook and Twitter account. I’m not one for goodbyes, or one of those who do the whole ‘I’m leaving Twitter, no.. you can’t stop me.. Right, I’m off! Im going.. I’m REALLY going’ etc. I just wanted to slip off and wander off into the shadows and have a bit of time to gather my thoughts and actually think –
Do I NEED to be on Facebook and Twitter?
Well the answer is still unclear, it’s obviously a massive help for the blog, and also where a lot of my audience come from, I don’t know if anyone will actually SEE this post, because it’s not being pushed anywhere now. This will mean my figures will go down, so stuff like my Klout and Tots 100 score will no doubt nose dive too. It’s not the end of the world, of course I want thousands of people reading each day, who wouldn’t? Right now though, it’s not a priority.
I’m definitely missing stuff, I’ve had conversations start with –
“Did you see that photo I put on Twi.. Oh, you’re not on it now”
I suppose the it’s the done thing to announce and share news on Twitter or Facebook now, and if you’re not on it, you’re ‘out of the loop’ and whilst those close to me will be painfully aware I like to know ‘EVERYTHING’ – I’m kind of enjoying my vague state of ignorance. Twitter and Facebook have become a bit of an annoyance to me of late, I will happily admit to ‘being friends’ and ‘following’ people out of politeness, especially those in blogging circles and even extended family members. I honestly don’t give a rats ass about a review of a bottle of ketchup, or the latest moan about a spouse or other half, it’s boring – but I feel the ‘need’ to have these vacuous knobs under my belt as it’s polite. Over my last few weeks on Twitter and Facebook I just found myself getting angry, the signal to noise ratio is obscene – especially on Twitter.
The people I do care about, or have an interest in get lost in the stream of rubbish I found myself wading through. It’s obviously my fault for following too many people, and not using Twitter Lists, perhaps if I do come back I’ll have to use them both better. I’ve had toyed with the idea of resurrecting Twitter just for ‘blog’ business, but that’s not what Twitter is about – just endless pushing of stuff with no conversation.
Another negative effect is people seem to think I’ve blocked or unfollowed them, if you use one of those ‘who’s unfollowed me’ tools, the algorithms most of them use would class me as an ‘unfollower’, and then when you look for me, I’m not there, like it would be if you’re blocked. A similar thing would happen on Facebook if you use the ‘Un Friend Finder’ tool in FB Purity – Loz has had a few Facebook friends asking why I’ve blocked them and what they’ve done to warrant it.
I was concerned considering how addicted I was to Twitter and Facebook that I’d miss it – but really aside from the odd pangs of ‘I must Tweet that’ or ‘I’ll stick that picture on Facebook’. I don’t really miss it at all, I’ve deleted the Twitter and Facebook apps from my phone, and actually found my battery life on it has improved massively too. So it’s not all bad. I’ve got a really cool trip to Germany coming up next week to see some new AKG shiny. I’d love to be able to tweet and share my adventure, I’ve not left the country since 2006 and despite it being just one night away, I’ve never been abroad on my own before, let alone for a ‘press’ thing. It’s scary! I miss the warm cuddly blanket of a load of people there being able to ‘chat’ to at any time of the day and night, but – I’m a grown up (ish) – I should be able to cope.
So, where does that leave me?
I honestly don’t know. I’m enjoying my time ‘off the grid’ and not feeling the need to share every aspect of my life, I don’t have to pretend to be happy when I’m not, I don’t have to pretend to care when I don’t – there’s no need for any kind of facade – I’m just me, pottering on with my stuff. I miss the people and company at times, but those who really count probably have my number or can me ask for it – I’m not completely off the radar. I’ve got about 25 days now until my Twitter profile is gone for good – I’m really not sure if I want it back now… We’ll see!