I hate to say this but I feel that my use of Twitter has its days numbered.
Back in the day before Twitter became a vitriolic, free for all, I espoused that it was a place to build a personal learning network, to show and share your work, build a reputation around your expertise, build new friendships from which you can learn, develop and grow.
It’s hard to believe that I’m now changing my tune.
For a while now, I’ve come to realise that Twitter has changed so much that I can’t recognise it.
At a time when I used it to build networks of people who I could learn from – it was a source of constant inspiration because people had great conversations, shared insightful articles and posts and my use of the platform meant I came away with new ideas and insights.
This is not the case anymore.
If anything, every interaction with it (except from the select people I enjoy interacting with many of whom I’m interacting through direct messages anyway), is now vapid, meaningless and utterly depressing.
Recently, I’ve deleted and deactivated a whole heaps of social media accounts. You can read about it in Mass Deletions and Deactivations and I left Twitter and LinkedIn until I decide what to do with them. (The latter has its days numbered too).
I’m now thinking of changing how I use Twitter and not interacting or engaging through it.
Instead, I have gone back to using my Feedly RSS reader (a constant source of wonderful posts and insightful articles), collating all my thoughts and learnings on this blog as well as my YouTube account which are my sense making spaces; and then use the time I would have been scrolling mindlessly on Twitter, to master some new skills that will help build my resilience, curiosity and intelligence.
The open social space has “shifted” and it’s unrecognisable to me.
No, I will not be joining ClubHouse because it sounds like another ‘noisy’ space. I despise the idea of ‘invitation only’ as it smacks of marketing tactics in order to make you feel that you’re not part of an exclusive club – only when you get through the bouncer at the door to enter some exclusive club, you notice that there are cliques that you’re not part of. Also I have no desire to get close and accessible to ‘influencers’, get more leads for business, or sell stuff.
I have better things to do with my time.
So if you don’t see me here, you’ll know where I’ll be. I’ll be right here tending to my blog, and my YouTube channel, learning new things and new skills online, meeting people in online communities or in person and designing my own future.