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Social De-Cluttering

If you're like me (and I know I am), you tend to happen upon someone or something on the internet, think, "Hmm, this person/thing could be interesting, let's watch them a while!" and follow 'em on your feed to see how it goes. Sometimes it's awesome, occasionally it's terrible, usually it's just sorta meh.

Alternatively, over time, your interests or attitudes about something evolve, and what used to be awesome, is now not really something you care enough about to be burning your mental bandwidth on it.

And finally, well, sometimes you just find you don't gel with a person the way you once did, assuming you ever really did. Maybe you haven't actually spoken to them in months, and/or when you do, you just find yourself at odds over things. It's a natural human process, there's nothing wrong with that. You can't be besties with everybody.

Thus, every once in a while, it becomes time to engage in a bit of discreet unfollowing. I tend to devote a week or two to the process, going through my morning feeds, very carefully watching my LJ, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest pages, and for each item saying, "Did this item/poster make my day better by being there? If this feed or person had not posted, would I miss it? Most pressing of all, did seeing this thing actually make me less happy than I would be if I hadn't seen it?"

If the net result of those questions isn't "This is clearly a valuable person/thing to continue watching!" then it's unfollow time.

Also, while I'm at it, I should mention that if you don't get any value from reading my posts/tweets/whatever, feel free to discreetly unfollow me as well. I won't take it personal. ;)

-The Gneech


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Jan. 14th, 2015 02:34 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm on twitter and LJ, and other than the occasional post( and a few replies), I do lead a very "meh" existence.

Either that, or my life is so full of intrigue and danger that revealing any part of it would put my continued breathing in extreme jeopardy...
Jan. 15th, 2015 08:08 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I get 'VALUE' from your posts, but I suppose that all depends on one's definition of value.

I don't always read everything, and comments might be sparse - but I *like* you, and I *like* knowing what's going on in your life :)

Jan. 16th, 2015 07:24 am (UTC)
Then by all means, you're welcome to keep reading! ^.^

Jan. 17th, 2015 03:16 am (UTC)
Back in November, I muted the 70-80% of my Twitter feed that doesn't actually talk to me (mostly this was celebrities), for the ultra-discreet method of "I'm not paying attention to this any more." I did it so I'd spend less time on Twitter while I was writing for my quasi-Nanowrimo. But I never got around to un-muting the vast majority of them. And I turned off retweets on some of the people I do still follow. (You ever run into that phenomenon where you follow someone, and the things they tweet themselves are good, but the things they retweet are ... not fun? I've had that happen a few times. It's weird.)

Anyway, I know how you feel about wanting to cut back on the chatter sometimes. But needless to say, you were not one of the people I felt the need to mute. :)
Jan. 17th, 2015 05:46 am (UTC)
I'm glad! ^.^'

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