I’m Going To “Minus” Google Plus

This is going to be the beginning of my “Year Without Google+” experiment.

Awhile back (in Internet time, which was like 2-4 months ago) I started a “Twitterless” experiment. Then, it was stopped.

But, I think Google+ can be done without for 365 days.  I think this is possible because to me, it’s a rather “boring” tool… even with the number of things you can do with it (which I do respect).  You can do more with it than Twitter, but Twitter… to me… “gets to the point of use” faster than Google+.

I don’t need another media browser (which G+ sometimes feels like), or another Facebook (I think Google got lost in competing with FB), or just another social media tool to use (read: waste my time on).

So, without further ado, my “Year Without Google+” begins.

If it pans out, it will result in the deletion of my Google+ account altogether. Who knows..

But, the “slow” lesson here is I suggest you do the same (try quitting one social media network), especially if you have multiple social media accounts.

In the end, all any of these companies that offer free social media tools are doing, is collecting and selling data to advertisers (not directly, as far as I can tell, but “eyeballs”). Twitter seems to be the best-behaved of these companies.

Google recently, not so much. We’ll see though, in this big game of life, things might change… or they might not.

You can follow me on Twitter instead, if you like: http://twitter.com/JosephRatliff

I’ll continue to be active there.

3 Steps To Slow #Twitter

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. 🙂

More Slow Manifestos

In addition to my own Slow Manifesto on this site, there are others within the entire slow “movement”… and I thought you might find them interesting:

In Praise of Slowness (opens in a new window)

Plus, there are links in the post above that can lead you on your journey to slowness.

And, while it’s not really a “manifesto,” I had an article brought to my attention today that falls into the category of “Good Slow Ideas”…

18 Things Everyone Needs To Make Time For Again

As Of Today, I’m Slowing The Book Down (But It Will Be Published)

Today,  I just got the first indication that my book, “The Slow Manifesto,” is a serious idea (not an original one, but a serious one).

Without any provocation, other than perhaps I know him, fellow copywriter (legendary) John Forde included a piece of my “Manifesto” in his  popular newsletter for copywriters… The Copywriter’s Roundtable (if you write direct response copy, I suggest you subscribe immediately).

He’s mentioned it to thousands of people, and folks, that makes this book I’m writing real… very real.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a VERY humble person, and getting into the “spotlight” is not one of the things I focus on.  So, I’m going to slow down a little, and write this book so that whomever picks up a copy will surely be inspired to slow down as well. 🙂

Not that I wasn’t writing it for that effect before… but now there is a little more “light” on the subject.

It’s the least I can do, now that this project has made its first leap into the light.

The Slow Introduction

Slow down, and welcome to The Slow Manifesto.

At one point, the book that follows was going to be a heavily researched, more “academic” style of writing.  It was going to share data, facts, resources etc… about the need for our society to slow down.  It was going to demonstrate in a fairly scientific way the benefits of slowing down for humans.

Eventually, I said to myself (as I usually do), screw that.

This needs to be a book of action… a book that fills you up with the feeling there is more to life than the next iPhone upgrade, the next 41 megapixel camera, the next 70 hour work week etc…

So that is what this is.  I’ve turned what was “Slow – The Book” into a manifesto for lifestyle change.  I’m going to get “in your face,” and I’m not going to hold anything back in this writing.  I won’t insult you, dear reader, but there is no place for sugar coating anything when it comes to major lifestyle change.

Slowing down your life is serious business, and that mentality is carried throughout this book.

If you don’t like that style of writing, please stop reading.  If you paid for this book, I thank you for your patronage, but by all means please return it and get your money back.

If you’ll stick with me though, what I hope to convey through this manifesto is the seriousness of the situation we’re in as a society, and what to do about it so you can enhance your life.  I hope you’ll enjoy the read, and more importantly I hope you’re inspired to make a positive change in your life, as I was.

Thank you, thank you for reading my very first published book.  Slow down, and enjoy it.