twitter sabbatical: the update

as i mentioned on my tumblr, i am taking a twitter sabbatical.

you hear a lot about twitter addiction, and people needing to detox, etc. i’m not really thinking of it that way — more like, there’s an overwhelming amount of new information in my life right now, what with moving and other big changes, and twitter (being all about NEW INFORMATION EVERY MILLISECOND) is a bit too much at the moment. also i think i am DOIN IT RONG in a few ways, and need to mull over that. so while i love teh twitterz, and all my tweeting friends, i started a sabbatical a week or so ago that will last (in all likelihood) through the holidays.

in case you’re wondering, it’s going pretty well. i’m finding that, while i do miss certain people and conversations, there are so many other ways to connect that there hasn’t been any serious withdrawal. none of them quite match twitter for convenience (with the possible exception of tumblr, except that it’s being a jerk right now and giving me errors every five seconds, but then again twitter does that a lot too, it just has a fail whale instead of a message so maybe i shouldn’t be too hard on them) but this is just a sabbatical, so i feel safe knowing that they’ll still be there when i get back.

and my online life has definitely become easier to manage. i was finding that email and other more-in depth conversations were suffering from lack of attention and focus. twitter is so easy — it takes seconds to reply to something, maybe minutes to peruse your feed, whereas emails, blog posts, articles, etc. take a more serious effort of thought and time. and they weren’t getting it. probably because while twitter takes seconds, if you’re me you check it more frequently than you check just about anything else, so those seconds add up. so the goal of the sabbatical — to refocus and get my internet life back on track — is being met.

still formulating thoughts on exactly how/why twitter has gotten overwhelming and/or unmanageable, but when i have it sorted out you’ll be the first to know.

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twitter sabbatical: the update

5 thoughts on “twitter sabbatical: the update

  1. Man, thanks for posting about your decision. I was hanging out on Twitter this morning and suddenly had this panicked awareness that you hadn’t been posting. My first thought was that something BAD might have happened, so at the very least I want to thank you for taking the time to calm those fears.

    As for taking a step back, I think it’s a very smart move, but then I think reassessing is a vastly underrated activity — particularly in American culture.

    I miss your effortless comic timing, but I’d rather you be well.

    Sincerely,

    A Fan

  2. I agree and sympathize: Twitter can steal the day, 43 seconds at a time. It’s the time management equivalent of one of those identity thefts where they take 6 cents out of your bank account every day. Did read, love, and post about Asterios Polyp. (If you have a second, see link above.) Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. You have inspired me to do the same. I have added some of the people I follow to manageable lists. It’s much easier to check. if I want to check up on other bloggers, all I have to do is check a list of 40 tweeters rather than trying to find them in a sea of thousands I was following before.

    Thanks for the inspiration. You are sorely missed, but the reason is understandable.

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