I’m a “slow” Twitter user.
You can be too, and the rewards are numerous, but one key reward is taking control of some of your time. That, and not getting wrapped up in some of the “high school drama” that can manifest itself on this social media tool.
With that in mind, I’ve prepared a short, easy to implement set of 3 steps (tips) to slow down your use of Twitter and reclaim your time:
1. Establish time parameters. It’s so easy to get lost in the Twitter feed (especially if you use the #Discover feature in the top bar). Before you know it, you’ve wasted a ton of time clicking on meaningless links (in the big picture), looking at cat pictures, and retweeting stuff that probably won’t get seen anyhow (if you think your Tweets get seen by a TON of people, unless you have 100,000 followers… probably not).
2. Get a focus, plan your use of Twitter. Don’t just log on and say to yourself “Yeah, I’m going to only spend 45 minutes on Twitter today.” You’ll end up spending more. So, have a focus, a purpose, for logging on… and make it as specific as you can.
Good examples are connecting with a specific person, using Twitter to research a specific topic or seeking a specific piece of information, and be careful with this one… using the feed to discover a news bite (if you’re a journalist, or your vocation centers around news).
3. Don’t use Twitter every day. Yep, I said it. You don’t have to log on every single day. This is one I’m still working on myself, but I’m getting better at it.
Now, you might be saying to yourself “But I’ll miss something if I don’t at least, CHECK Twitter once a day.” No, you won’t. And even if you did, and that’s a BIG “if”… it won’t be the end of the world. Twitter works tomorrow as well as it does today… until it quits working, that is… then NO ONE will have the “advantage” you’re thinking about.
So there you have it, 3 steps to slow #Twitter. I hope you’ll try these with an open mind, because there are much better things to do with the little time you have on this Earth.
Like, GASP, write a letter longer than 140 characters… and GASP AGAIN… mail it to them. 🙂