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A Twitter listening experiment

It's finally happened for me. Or maybe it happened a long time ago and I'm just realizing it now.

Twitter has become a giant time suck for me. I check it without purpose, just to see if anybody's said anything interesting. I write stuff here and there, and, in general, I've been following about a twentieth of the people who are following me.

I just followed something on the order of 100 new-to-me people on Twitter. A handful of them are people I know but for whatever reason hadn't been following. Some of them are complete strangers.

Some of them are just people whose bios sounded interesting. Some of them are people who do things I'm interested in.

From now until the end of March, I'm going to use Twitter only to listen and learn. I'll respond to replies and I'll favorite Tweets here and there that I'd like to refer back to, but I'm going to stop leaving the window open and reading the same Tweets over and over to see if anybody has said anything in the past twelve seconds.

I've been reading a lot of Joshua Fields Millburn (he of The Minimalists) lately, and some things are resonating with me, particularly with respect to relationships and productivity.

So, I'm going to listen and learn and expand my Twitter network and perhaps, from that, my real-life network. I'm going to write long-form a lot more (including here; grab the RSS feed if you want to be informed when I post), and I'm going to spend the time that I'm just staring at Twitter now to do more important things.

If you have some Twitter folk I should be aware of while I'm re-ordering my Twitter life, please @ me or leave a comment here.

Thanks.

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2 Comments

  • Posted 28/02/2013 at 23:31 | Permalink

    I did that once for a week. I noticed that no one even missed me, which was kind of depressing and maddening in that during the week I did have things I wanted to share but didn’t. Maybe your effort will bring you more than it did me.
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    • Posted 01/03/2013 at 02:26 | Permalink

      Heya. Yeah, I’m actually doing a lot less checking in to see if anybody’s said anything in the past 3 minutes, and I’m doing a lot more long-form reading. I feel like I was creating a false sense of urgency around Twitter, and now I’m doing much better about it.

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