Social Media Shutdown

Immediacy and reach.

When it comes to things like unrest in Egypt or tsunamis in Japan immediacy is incredibly important. We want to know what’s happening and we want to know it now. And reach means that everyone in the world gets to hear and see what’s going on.

But when it comes to our personal lives, maybe immediacy and reach isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

All of us have moments where we have the impulse to say something that probably isn’t the wisest decision. With the advent of the internet, blogging and social media, we are all given a platform from which to say these things. Immediacy means that we can say things quickly (usually without much thinking) and reach means that everyone can see it (whether we want them to or not). People have created entire sites based on this concept like Failbook. When you combine the immediacy and reach with the permanence of the internet, you have a recipe for failure. For that you have to look no further than FAILBlog.

My personality is such that when I have an opinion, I want to tell everyone. That’s not necessarily a good thing. Besides my post this week, I’ve posted some pretty inflammatory things that I’ve regretted later. One of my goals this year was to be more less negative, and having a platform where I can easily post my negative opinions simply doesn’t work for me. It’s too easy. I know you’re thinking I should just have some self-control, but it’s not just about that.

I don’t want the platform. And I want back the time that I waste interacting with platform.

So I’m swearing off social media for a while.

Not only am I stopping this blog, but I’m going to stop subscribing to blogs. The only blog I’ll continue reading is planet Mozilla because it’s job related.

I’ve unfollowed everyone on Twitter. I’ll no longer be posting to Twitter. I tried to remove all my tweets, but Twitter doesn’t make that easy.

I’ve removed all of my content from Facebook. I haven’t unfriended everyone because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go that far. I’ll probably just use the option that turns off all comments.

I’m leaving LinkedIn alone primarily because I don’t interact with it and it has potential employment implications.

Note I’m not going to actually remove these accounts because I want to keep the names just in case I use them in the future, and also they are used for authentication.

So basically I’m going off the social media grid for a while. If you need to get a hold of me just send me an email. Anything at kaply.com will get to me.

This post will self destruct on midnight on April 15.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

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2 thoughts on “Social Media Shutdown

  1. Social media is bane.

    It started as a means to an end and ended up as an end in itself. That’s flawed. That’s problematic. And, above all else, wastes time like nothing else.

    Then again, I never got hooked up because I make an effort not to get hooked up. Twitter is like SMS for me, I only use it when I have to. It’s like email. And Facebook? Well, that’s like pop music: got better things to worry about. Blogs, however, that’s different. Not the comments section of the blogs, but the blogs themselves. In a very special way, they are like newspapers. Except they work differently, but their content, for the most part, is pretty much the same. I think it’s wrong to stop following blogs if you still care about their content. But if you do, remember that search engines are a very powerful tool.