It has been a month since my qualified personal removal from the world of social media. How’d it go? Well, that depends on how you look at it.
On the one hand, I didn’t really break my vow unless I needed to see something Katie felt I needed to see. And even then it was from her phone.
I never re-downloaded any of the apps I deleted. Or felt the need to, for the most part.
But if you were to look at my Facebook feed and my Twitter timeline, you may never have noticed that I was gone. They were both pretty regularly populated with content from third party sources such as Instagram, Goodreads, Untappd, etc.
Heck, when I finally did put Twitter back on my phone and look at my Twitter timeline, I was amazed how much was there “from me,” as it were. And there were replies from my friends, as you’d expect. The only thing missing was my own replies back to them.
On Facebook, I couldn’t possibly care less about my lack of interaction. I've always known I don't care about Facebook, and removing myself from it for a month just sealed that perspective.
On Twitter, I found myself missing it. I also found myself wanting to catch up on news and read some headlines to get ideas for blog posts when I was mentally thin on ideas. Or if I wanted to complain about something or get some customer service, I had to discover other ways to do it... or not do it at all.
So that's why I'm now back on Twitter. Nothing else is back. No Vero, no Facebook, no FB Messenger, no Snapchat. From here on out, I'm all about Twitter and Instagram.
[image from Willipediamedia.com]
Although I find it annoying that Instagram now has a Facebook integration that shows a bubbled number when I have an update waiting for me in FB. What a load of crap. I wish I could shut that off, but to do so requires shutting off my connection to FB which is necessary for posting photos of Nathan.
Or is it? I wonder if there is an IFTTT recipe for that...
No, skip that. It would post everything to Facebook like it does to Twitter. I don't want that.