Twitter was the first social media network that I joined. I was never part of the MySpace hype train, and I refused to get on Facebook for the longest time (I joined in senior year, since I would be moving out of state for college and wanted to keep in touch).
But Twitter… there was something special about Twitter. It was appealing, this idea of broadcasting tidbits to the wide world beyond. After all, how many times have I had random musings or eureka moments in the shower that I absolutely had to share? So I embraced Twitter with all my being. I posted workout stats, updates on my schoolwork, pictures from my adventures, you name it.
But now, 8 years after I posted my first tweet (“Hello World!”, in geeky computer programmer-wannabe fashion), I finally laid my Twitter account to rest. Why?
1. Lately, I’ve been spending too much time indoors on the Internet instead of going out and enjoying life. Yesterday, I went out for a dinner and karaoke with some friends and… well, really enjoyed myself! I want to stop trapping myself within the confines of technology and do more.
2. I tend to overshare. I’m pretty sure you don’t care whether I had Vietnamese noodle soup or teriyaki for lunch.
3. Information overload. There are way too many articles to read, too many tweets to retweet, too many friends to keep up with. It’s honestly quite stressful!
4. Twitter is no longer tied to my career of choice. I used to work in public relations / marketing, where having a Twitter was almost a requirement prior to getting a job. If you can’t display proficiency in your personal social media accounts, the employers reason, why would we trust you with corporate accounts? It makes sense, but I’m very much out of that industry now.
5. Finally, it’s no longer interesting. The only accounts I follow now are personal finance blogs, friends, and a few brands I enjoy (like Blogilates or Pinkberry). I can read blogs without using Twitter (even though it is a good aggregator, I must admit); I can follow friends on Facebook; and brand Twitter accounts are just pushing products anyways. Bor-ing!