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. 🙂