Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cyber Overload

I sit in front of a computer all day at work. This somewhat sucks the joy out of sitting in front of one in the evening. To make matters worse, the personal time on the PC seems to be turning into just as much work as actually being at work.

Example - balancing so many social networking sites and profiles. This has become an increasing burden. So, in going with the book I am currently reading (In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honore), I deleted my participation in the following time sucking websites tonight:
Linkedin - I just see no point in it whatsoever. I fought even getting involved with it up until about a month ago and the endless messages from it are just plain annoying. Deleted. Gone.
Classmates.com - what is the point? Those I care to be in touch with are on Facebook. Deleted. Gone.
Google Profiles - deleted. I really need another way for people (robots) to find (spam) me.

I am also going to check my personal email only once a day moving forward. This is fairly easy to do some days and some days I find myself clicking on the mail icon over and over - it's almost a reflex to hit it when I open the browser. No more.

I am still on the fence about Twitter. Sometimes I want to pull a Miley Cyrus and just punt it. (It appears Courtney Love has also deleted her account - who would think these two would be trend starters?). It's entertaining to read some of the tweets but I really am starting to just get over it.

Facebook - updating the status is a chore. I am keeping it just because it is a nice easy connection to a lot of people I had lost touch with but I've narrowed my privacy down so far that I am not easily findable. Maybe that will prevent me from getting 'Facebook Friend Overload'.

Finally - the blog. The blog is my outlet so I am keeping it. I've added links to some of my favorite blogs and sites so I can also come here and click on what I want to read - sort of 'one stop shopping'. I'll just try to honor the 'quality not quantity' rule and not post just to post. That will mean less posts since I rarely have a whole lot to say that would be considered quality.

My next task will be getting email under control. That means a lot of mailing lists are about to have one less person on their mailing lists.

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