weening myself from twitter

Last fall I got into using Twitter in a big way. It was really handy in Vegas in November when I attended Blog World Expo and PostieCon. I used the SMS function to get the tweets of all my Vegas peeps right on my phone. Very useful when you’re trying to get people together for dinner and random hookups. At one point I was following well over 100 people. (Of course, I turned OFF the SMS updates when I returned home from Vegas – I didn’t really need all of those text updates once the vacation was over.) Following that many people (and I realize some people follow many more people, but 100 is a lot to me) wasn’t hard since I was online all day anyway.

I check into Twitter less and less these days, so I’m down to following 35 people now. Make that 32. Oops, I’m down to 30 now. I just pruned my list again! I don’t even know who everyone is. Who is pookee004? Someone who didn’t go to Las Vegas for PostieCon, and someone who doesn’t tweet very often. Should I keep him? Remove him? Is pookee004 a him? These are the things that keep me up at night.

If you’ve been pruned from my list, it’s not you – it’s me. I’ll probably still read your blog and it doesn’t mean I love you any less – I just don’t have time for the 100′s of tweets I was getting a day. I was skimming more than I was reading and responding. Oh, those of you using the plugin that tweets every new blog post or something like that? It does annoy me. Chances are, if I’m following you, I have your blogs in my feed reader. I don’t mind seeing you twitter something cool you wrote once in a while, but every. single. blog. post? It’s too much!

Ok, there we go…I keep pruning, I may get to under 25.

9 Responses to “weening myself from twitter”

  1. Ruby says:

    That was cute, “tweets” :) I heard about twitter and did sign up but never got into it. The members of my webmaster forum have said it’s pretty good and useful if you know what you’re doing. I’m not so much into social networking myself but may look more into it.

    I’ve been enjoying your blog, puts a smile on my face. :)

  2. Amy says:

    I KWYM about the tweets for blog posts. I understand it’s a plugin, and it happens automatically… that plugin should be banned. Hate it.

  3. Jules says:

    75% of my traffic to my blog comes from Twitter. Hate the plugin or not, it works to bring more traffic! Then again I have one blog and I blog probably three times a week ;)

  4. Colleen says:

    That plugin would rock if you could limit it to only certain posts.

  5. I stilll haven’t figured it out and sounds like I don’t have too. Thanks for the update.

    Dorothy from grammology
    remember to call gram

  6. Cindy says:

    You know, I must have been hiding under a rock, because I’m just now becoming aware of Twitter and what it is… and I still do not know how to use it. Hahaha.

  7. Claire says:

    That’s too funny…I’m still trying to catch up with sending texts on my cell phone. Don’t ask me to tweet or twitter, but I hear it’s popular!

  8. Marissa says:

    I haven’t made the twitter jump becauseI am fully aware of my addictive (to the internet) personality. I’m still trying to ween myself off of the ETSY forums with no avail…I have resited even visiting twitter because I know it will suck me in.

  9. Deb says:

    I loved it while you guys were in Vegas, but it’s just not for me. I turned it off on my computer, and I don’t miss it one bit. I really don’t need to know every tiny thing..I like my time on line distraction free…unless I go looking for the distraction.