It’s been some time since my last post. One significant change since then is my lack of Social Network interaction. I removed Facebook and Twitter from my devices about two months. I deleted my Instagram account a while ago. Oh yeah, I removed Snapchat from my phone recently as well. I just don’t see the point in any of them. At least not for me.
If anything, they were a big time suck. There were times when I felt I “needed” to go on them to “feel connected” with the world and those around me. Other times, I would go down my newsfeeds and then realized that I wasted hours away and have to rush other things the rest of my day. There was never a moderate way to use social networks. More importantly, I didn’t feel more connected to anyone using them. If anything, I felt more isolated from everyone and more of a stalker than a participant of some post on any of these social networks.
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A while back I decided to get rid of my tumblr account, albeit, it was only around for a very short while to begin with. At the time, I thought there wasn’t a need for it since I already have this blog and if I want to do a micro-blog entry, why not do it here. Yet for some reason, whenever I have very little to say (at least that’s what I’m thinking at the time) I end up not blogging anything. I tend to only write entries when I feel what I’m going to write is lengthy enough or simply blog worthy to post. It’s a silly notion that I cannot get out of my head.
With that, and seeing more tumblr entries popping into my news-feeds on Twitter and Facebook, I’m starting to see the appeal to tumblr again (though I was still questioning the point of remaking an account just a few hours before). So the tumblr account is back. It will be my bridge between tweets (140 characters) and this blog (at least 200 words per entry unless I’m re-blogging another account or maybe posting a video clips. Though I may just save that for tumblr. It’s a micro-blog after all).
Feel free to check it out and subscribe. Or not, it’s up to you. I have nothing better to do so what’s one more distraction.
I recently reactivated my account on Twitter (yet again). I keep hearing how people are better informed because of this network so I decided to try to use it as a newsfeed, like a more real-time version of a rss reader. Of course this only works if I follow just news accounts and other accounts that catch my fancy and not follow people who I would normally follow on say FaceBook. I’m sure there is a more social way to use Twitter but I’ve not found a way to do it (it’s one of the reasons I’ve killed my account so many times). Which brings me to a realization: I suck at social networks.
Then again I’m not really good at socializing to begin with. When I’m not at work socializing with customers or work associates, I’m home doing non-socializing forms of recreation (reading, listening or watching some form of media). At least that has been my main form of recreation for the last year. The only exception to this are the few social casual games I play on my phone thanks to Zynga. I have been going out to comedy shows a lot less and staying home a lot more. I guess I’ve become a bit of a social recluse and I guess I’m ok with that.
It seems I’m more comfortable spending my time escaping into mediums of fiction rather than meeting new people or making more social connections. I only have enough time to just do random status updates and lurk through my various news feeds/timelines/streams to get an idea of what’s going on and then I log out and go on about my day (or at least that’s the only time I’m willing to divulge). Then again, another reason I don’t seem to updated my accounts much is that I don’t do much besides work and then go home. There is only so many times you can post that mundanity.
Oh well, how about you? How do you use your social networks? Do you get more out of Twitter than just a news feed function? Let me know.