You may not think this is ground breaking but it has been for me. I love twitter. I check it when I get up in the morning, during breakfast, at the park, in the car, on the train, before bed and sometimes, if I wake up during the night… I’ll check it again. It’s a little pocket of the internet where my friends live 24/7. People who I like and admire and some who I just like to keep tabs on. I like having a community in my pocket that I can call on at any time.
Not only was I in love with twitter but I was also in love with klout, which is absurd because even I know influence isn’t an exact science but all the same I loved seeing my little score riser higher and higher. I was talking to a friend about my “score” and how bummed I was that it had dropped, she shrugged it off and started talking about something else. She didn’t care, my readers didn’t care so why did I?
The question plagued me for days. I saw my score continue to drop and I couldn’t help but rush onto twitter or facebook to share some tidbits. I felt like I had to do it to keep that little number up high, as if to prove my worth… but what I didn’t know was that little number was blackmailing me for my precious time. Time on twitter could have collectively been spent writing content, taking photographs or better yet on a family outing. Why was I hanging on to it so dearly?
Connections… twitter granted me opportunities I couldn’t get from email or from calling on the phone. I’ve assisted famous photographers, won things, shared things, met people, got jobs, organised things and laughed at a lot of funny stuff. It’s connected me to a pulse of information and it’s feeding me like an addiction. When a celebrity tweets you back it’s almost as if you can claim you met them and TV shows aren’t the same if I’m not sharing it with my friends on twitter.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be using twitter but I will be going out of my way not to abuse it as I’ve been doing in the past. I need to stop talking in hashtags and in short quick sentences bound to be less than 140 characters. Let me tell you the last week has been difficult, it’s like an itch I can’t scratch but as the days go by it gets easier. I’m hoping that it will help my productivity and free up some time for new and exciting projects.