After being hacked on Twitter, Linked In, WordPress and Instagram, I wondered what on earth people would want with my information.
I also wondered how many social media applications I can have, and use properly.
My social media club membership was long:
- Facebook aka How you think your life is.
- Twitter aka My opinions matters
- Pinterest aka How you wish your life was
- Google + -aka No one cares, no one is here anyway
- Four Square aka All the cool places you are
- Tumblr aka How deeply you feel
- Instagram aka How happy you are
- Linked In aka How important you are and who you know
- About Me aka No one cares, no one is here
- Vine aka How wacky you are
- Soundcloud aka How interesting your music tastes are
- Spotify aka What music you really listen to
- Polyvore aka How fashion forward I am
- Path aka Tumbleweeds, no one is here
- Goodreads aka How well read you are
And how many of these do I use?
- Facebook – Most days
- Twitter – every other day
- Instagram – Every other day
- Pinterest – Once a week
So I went through the list and left those I don’t use. I know I can have a dormant account online, but it feels messy, and I just don’t want people seeing what books I’m reading, what was the last song I listened to on Spotify and who added me on Linked In.
I want to choose the information I share with the world. Also, it a reflection of me trying everything and sticking to nothing. I don’t need to be all over social media. When a new social media app comes along, I don’t need to take it up so I can be the first with the latest.
And having so many profiles online is a little narcissistic, isn’t it? No one is that important. In fact, the important ones aren’t all over the web. They are to f*cking busy getting on with their important work.
It’s kind of freeing to give my identity back to myself. So many places for my egg-head to be seen, and so little to say.
It’s not that there isn’t valid reasons to use the apps I listed above, it’s just that I don’t and so I don’t need to keep my profile online. If you’re a DJ then Soundcloud is your best friend but I barely have enough time to listen to a song all the way through.
I have also unsubscribed from a remarkable about of email newsletters, and culled my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram followers. It’s a good thing. Less to think about and less to say. Less is more in 2014.