In the paraphrased words of Louis CK, “Stop fucking tweeting and live your life.”
I’ve already been attempting to follow this for the past week or two. The challenge for March is to average 1 tweet or less per day. This does not count responding to people. Only broadcast tweets will count.
Here’s what I know about twitter:
- Nobody cares about your instagram photos. Hopefully instagram tweets will go the way of Foursquare. Stop annoying people (and ask those who care to just follow you on instagram instead). This comment isn’t directly related to the challenge, but I wanted to get it out there. (Note: This is for daily or multiple daily instagrammers, not every-once-in-a-whilers.)
- People (including myself) often tweet useless garbage that even their closest friends don’t care about. (See: instagram.)
- I can’t think of one good personal or professional connection I’ve made because of twitter. Maybe in the ~5 years I’ve been on twitter it has happened, but it’s rare. Those connections happen via e-mail pretty regularly. Maybe this is all my fault, but I’m not so sure.
- The amount of traffic my sites get because of twitter is nearly non-existent. On average, 30 people click on each link I post to twitter and I get just a few retweets, which usually result in less than 10 visitors (and often a big fat zero).
If I’m not getting any personal benefit out of it and I’m also not getting any professional benefit out of it, what’s the point?
Yet I still found myself tweeting a few times a day and spending a good 20 minutes on twitter clicking links, reading other tweets, and becoming annoyed at an overabundance of lameness. Waste of time.
Look at your last 10 tweets. How many are trash?
Here are mine:
- Danielle Steel has sold 600 million books in the US alone and releases 3 new books/year. (128 books released thus far.) wow and wtf (Feb 27)
- the first dollar http://karol.gajda.com/quick-thoughts/dollar/ (Feb 26)
- Google Chrome keeps crashing. On Mac OSX 10.7.5 Lion. about:conflict doesn’t work. Searches came up empty. Ideas? (Feb 25) (Editor’s Note: Chrome has become unusable and I’ve switched to Safari for the first time in my life.)
- The http://ListyListy.com Save-A-Madoodle ™ let me know Snake Oil Science dropped $8 to just $1.99. Boom! http://amzn.to/WcDIfK (Feb 24)
- I said, “just a little off the sides, please.” https://twitter.com/KarolGajda/status/305132779358793729/photo/1 (Feb 23)
- I don’t often post video of me singing on youtube, but when I do it’s The White Buffalo http://youtu.be/_0B39SrKL1I (Feb 22)
- always be shipping http://bit.ly/11VKhFV (Feb 21)
- Theologians are just like lawyers http://www.jesusandmo.net/2013/02/20/just/ (via
@JandMo) (Feb 20)
- Spotify should have a song rating / recommendation system similar to Amazon’s. In the meantime, Ripely Pine: A+ http://spoti.fi/Y80ZvC (Feb 20)
- listylisty.com - version 0.1 of my Amazon Wish List price drop notifier. Let me know what you think (Feb 19)
Most of those tweets are self-serving (7 of 10), but at least they’re pretty infrequent now.
A good solution is to just stop following people, of course, and I’ve done a lot of that. But let’s try leading by example by posting less noise and see how that works.
Again, during March I will tweet 31 or less broadcast tweets. Many of them will probably be self-serving. Meaning, links to my blog or apps or ListyListy. Maybe in April I’ll just quit Twitter altogether once I realize how silly this all is?
UPDATE: Total number of broadcast tweets in March: 19. It was easier than expected and I realized more how much absolute shit people think others care about.