This happens periodically, usually triggered by some kind of beef. This time, it was caused by offline arguments with people very close to me. I stopped spending time with them, and watching their TLs was painful, so I logged off. A few weeks later, I logged on again, but Twitter had lost its flavour. I wondered what drew me to it in the first place.
I figured maybe I was on the wrong TLs, so I reviewed my lists, culled my follows, and logged out. Three days later I looked at my TL again. Still nothing. It made me sad. These days I hardly tweet at all, though I lurk the TL once in a while. I almost always respond to @Mentions, and I communicate a lot on DM, but it’s getting harder and harder to talk to the bird.
I’m sad because it makes me feel old. It makes me feel the fad has passed for me, and I miss the fervour and passion that I had for my addiction. I also feel sad because I’ve met such cool people on Twitter. Some of my associations have blossomed into offline friendships and even a romance or two, #NoChipsFunga. I feel sad about all the new people I’m missing out on just by losing interest in Twitter.
Chirping less does have some advantages though. I’m reading a lot more, and have finished 7 novels since I made the decision to log off on 22nd January. I’m writing more too – mostly in my journal, because all those random thoughts have to go somewhere. I also text a lot, because 160 characters is as close as I can get, and since I can only text people I physically know, my relationships are working better. New levels of communication and all that.
I can’t abandon Twitter completely, because I work at a Digital Agency, so I use it a lot for work. But the ‘social’ in social media is now largely dead for me. Right now, it’s all about business. So If I don’t follow-back or reply your mention, don’t be mad. It’s nothing personal. I’ve just kicked an addiction with no withdrawal symptoms. I’m sure I’ll be back eventually, but for now, it’s me and my SMS/Journal/Blog/PDF/Novels. Peace.
♫ First Try ♫ Tracy Chapman ♫