Ditching Facebook, moving to Twitter

A month ago, I had an interesting talk with my friend who refused to join Facebook or any other “social” media for that matter. In fact, I have a couple of friends outside any virtual friendship circles, but they are certainly a tiny minority. Until then, I was a devoted fan of FB (previously Orkut, Unister, Tagged and maybe some more), having a fairly large network of “friends”, being tagged on many photos, checking other people’s status many times every day. Perhaps, you could even say, I suffered a slight addiction.

My friend convinced me, that with FB I get no real value added to my life. On the contrary, I got:

  • a network of people (contacts), I don’t really care about,
  • my time consumed by constantly reading and watching pointless content posted by all those people,
  • irrational fear of losing touch with people, with whom I would not want to get in touch anyway,
  • fear of posting really interesting personal stuff, because the whole thing got too public.

I came to the resolution to close my FB account. Finally, it was the ‘waste of time for nothing in return’ argument that convinced me. After all, I consider myself somewhat a follower of zen principles, not in the religious sense, but more in the ‘gain by losing’ sense. As a result, I got a lot less distracted over the day and a lot more focused on important things.

I don’t want to only bash FB and such media. There is a great and proven marketing and promotional potential in there. I can also see the appeal to teenagers. But for a grown up guy who is not selling anything, there is little to none to gain. However, as a starting freelance IT pro I felt that I should maintain my online visibility. I’ve had my LinkedIn profile for a while, later added a blog and a personal web/portfolio page. The blog (even with my sparse posting habits) proved to be useful for starting a conversation about some of my side projects. Most recently, I opened a Twitter account. So far, I have found this combination of internet tools powerful, yet not obtrusive, only serving me when I have something to say.

So what shall I be tweeting about? I guess, like most of the people, semi-random short thoughts. I ike to share them when I learn something interesting and eye-opening, mainly from the area of my expertise: software engineering, coding practices, C++, graphics programming and lately the Qt framework. I will also tweet about project updates, like the QOF for Visual Studio and possibly others. I really like the 140 character limit, because it makes you think twice before you post.

What do you think; does FB (or Google+ or any other) give you something that is worth the while?

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One thought on “Ditching Facebook, moving to Twitter

  1. Nice post, there is nothing to disagree with really. However, I’m not quitting FB now. Maybe because I do not use it very much really (I didn’t see much value in FB for me from the very beginning except of having contact with some people I could hardly reach).

    Sometimes all these new technology advancements take us too much time. I think because sometimes because they are not mature yet, sometimes we are not mature to use them and sometimes they are simply just a hype, a bubble. I remember when I started using RSS feeds regularly, I downloaded even a desktop client (there was no Google Reader yet) only to find out that I was spending too much time digging through all those RSS feeds that supposed to make me more productive! Then I simply stopped using them, freeing myself of unnecessary information clutter. How much happier person I’ve been since then! :)

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