My last tweet was April 30, 2013.
— Ari Herzog (@ariherzog) April 30, 2013
I tweeted 624 times last month.
Today is May 13 and I haven’t tweeted since.
I don’t know when I’ll tweet again.
It’s not for lack of trying. Month to month, my tweeting frequency has always changed. Some months, I tweet a couple hundred times. Other months, less.
I tweeted an average 17.9 times a day in 12 months.
That’s not a lot per se, considering each tweet is less than 140 characters, but it adds up.
If the choice is to tweet multiple times a day about this and that vs tweeting once or twice a week about something more important to me, I’d rather share importance. Signal over noise.
If you tweet and no one reads it, did it ever happen?
— Kneale Mann (@knealemann) March 1, 2011
Good point, Kneale.
I haven’t abandoned Twitter as I continue to lurk and watch what people are saying. But I log in less frequently. I also observe that many of my Facebook friends are sharing the same content on Twitter. Because I’m using Facebook much more this year, I’m unfollowing many of those people on Twitter.
I am trying to use social networking sites differently. I need to re-evaluate the purpose of each site — both to the digital ecosystem as a whole and to me. I need to determine if I have a profile on a site just because or if it’s time to say goodbye.
Narcissism plays a part here.
David Wygant opines that Twitter breeds narcissism.
During the course of one day last week on my Twitter feed and Facebook feeds, this is what I read:
– One friend broke up with his girlfriend who he found cheating with their kid’s pediatrician. He told all 700 of his friends how he doesn’t trust women or organized medicine any longer.
– Another friend of mine made $2 million in a business venture. He did the classic dual Twitter and Facebook posts so that we all knew exactly how much he had in his checking account. You can say that he was really excited.
– Another friend of mine had lunch at Chipotle.
People post their sexual accomplishments.
People tell you if they’ve gone out and done their laundry that day.
People will tell you anything and everything.
It’s true. I see it every day. I’ve been guilty of creating some of that noise.
I’d rather create less.
I need to stay silent so there’s a purpose behind my tweets.
Please follow me on Twitter and interact with me when there is something new there as I continue to explore the social web…
UPDATE: May 16, 2013: I just tweeted a link to here in case anyone stumbles across me there and wonders where I went.