Did I miss much?

A year without social media

Last year, I decided to quit social networks for a year. I stopped using Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I didn’t delete my accounts, just the apps and disabled all email notifications. About once a week, I checked Facebook and Instagram to see what was up from a web browser. I never engaged, never followed anyone or posting anything.

It was a liberating experience.

I actually never missed Facebook. I actually forgot about Facebook after a while. Today when I go to Facebook, it reminds me of those reality TV shows on broadcast TV with overly obvious product placements interspersed every 5 minutes with 5 minutes of ads.

Instagram is ok-ish, but I don’t think I’ll be actively engaging with it anymore. It feels too much like a vanity platform. It’s fun to take a look when I’m bored which is not very often.

Twitter I do miss, but it’s also the most involved. It was a place to meet people and get inspired by more off-the-beaten-path content. But it’s also by far the messiest of platforms. You either in it and spend time on it or you don’t. There’s not really a middle ground. In many ways, the algorithmic timeline made it even worse. At least with the chronological timeline, you get a sense on where you are in time. I’m glad they brought back the chronological timeline.

So what’s next after a year?

I’ve decided to go with Snapchat. LOL. Just kidding.

In all seriousness, Facebook is off permanently because I find it boring, but it’s useful as a personal LinkedIn. On Instagram, I use a faux-pas account as a replacement for Path until something better comes along.

I’ll be back on Twitter.

Like your home, it’s better not shared

Own your blog

Yesterday, I was reading a post on Medium that Medium is not a great place to blog. And kind of like…

Until something better comes along

Replacing Path with a finsta

A couple of months ago, Path – the social network – was shut down. I guess it was inevitable, but it…

Often things are by happenstance

Origin of rdschouw

Most platforms use email nowadays as your username. There are some notable exceptions like Twitter a…

New year, new opportunities

Happy New Year!

One of the things I miss most as a Dutch transplant in New York are the fireworks on New Year’s Eve…