I deleted my Twitter account last night.
To some this was an odd and unexpected decision, so I’ll try to explain my rationale a bit…
Some time ago, I mentioned reading a book called “Choosing to Cheat” by Andy Stanley. The basic premise behind the book is ‘Who wins when work and family collide?’. Andy talks more about finding a balance between work and family, but I think it can be more far-reaching than that. Every little thing we do in life takes time from something else. Twitter, for me, is one of those ‘little things’. It is a great web app that I have truly enjoyed using. It is, for the most part, a wonderful insight into other people’s lives.
But, Twitter takes time, and that isn’t something I have a lot of these days. Time spent using Twitter takes time from work and it takes time from my family, and that’s not fair to either of them. So, my account is gone… but I am not.
In all honesty, this has made me reconsider my usage of a lot of ‘Web 2.0’ services. Signing up, just for the sake of signing up, is really counter-productive. But that’s a post for another day.