Just Saying No to Twitter – Defragmenting My Brain

The Web has me.

Twitter has me.

My Android has me.

I’m a control freak.

Ergo: I will be untangling and untweeting and untexting myself for a while. The Web has begun to use me more than I use it. That’s a problem for anybody – but painful for someone like me who prefers control. I didn’t set out for this. As someone who focuses on our relationship with the Web, I have over time become like an undercover narc who tastes a little too much of the naughty goods. Happens.

So this is what I’m going to do. Starting Monday January 4, I will pack the Twitter bird into a cage. I will be defragmenting my brain. I’ve been in need of a break for some time and now works out for me. I don’t care how much it costs me – a day offline for some can be a lot. I’ve got a problem. I got a solution.

I won’t abandon Technology – in fact I’m going to use it as part of my detox, which I’ll share with you when I’m back from the dark side of the moon. I’ll tell you what I did and didn’t do and how successful and useful my decision turned out. Hopefully I’ll be able to capture some insights with my methods. I also have the support of a good friend, which is always a wonderful blessing. Buddy systems are very important.

Yeah, I know what you’re likely thinking: it’s ridiculous to be addicted to the Web. Frankly, I don’t care what it’s called. I know what I have to do, I’m going to do it and that’s all that matters. You know what’s funny? Back in 2008, I wrote a post – mostly  jocular – about Twitter addiction. I look back at that post now and thank myself for blogging: I can now look back and see some things. :)

I’m turning comments off on this post: I generally believe in open comments, but I also believe in two-way conversation. I won’t be able to provide it, so if you want to you can email me and I’ll read later. If you’re new to this blog – you can follow me on  Twitter but I won’t check notifications for a while.

If you need to get a hold of me you can fill out this form and get back to only if it’s urgent.

The Web is a great seduction. It’s also very useful and is a permanent element in our lives. If you’re not plumbing the dark underbelly of what you’re passionate about, then you’re not passionate enough. Technology is something to be passionate about. But passion is wholly different from love.

I love you, readers and tweeters. See you soon.

Phil

P.S. Köszönöm, Pillangó!

Sorry We Won’t Be Putting Pieces Together This Year

In crazy, upending, fast-changing times, the world starts to fall to pieces. Our ability to cheaply connect at the speed of light is disrupting many game boards – newspapers, traditional marketing, customer service, even personal friendship. Puzzles that were once figured out last century are breaking up.

Not everybody is paying attention to the Web. Many businesses still struggle with the staples of today’s daily communications media: blogs, Twitter, FaceBook and custom social network solutions. And they are staples: Twitter and blogging are now nothing new or shiny. They’re old news. Some of us still talk about these things in order to help the late comers. But there’s nothing original to say about them.

We live in a digital age: which is to say, many things are all or nothing. Some companies will thrive in their business fundamentals and on the Web. Others: they just won’t get through the next few years. The fact is there are many organizations that simply are too dysfunctional in their cultures; short-sighted in their visions; fear-laden in their uncertainties; or too busy to notice the lights have changed.

This doesn’t just go for businesses. It applies to me. To you. To your children. The world always changes. But sometimes, once-in-a-lifetime changes happen right during your lifetime. If you knew ten years ago how the world was going to be today, what difference would that knowledge have made for you?

You don’t know how 2020 will look like. But it won’t look like today.  What are you doing right now to clear your vision? What skills are you learning? What do you think you should unlearn?

Will you be putting the pieces together? What will you say when chaos and change come thrashing through your door? Sorry, we won’t be putting pieces together this year – come back later?

When it’s clear that the world you know so well is breaking apart, it’s time to re-frame your view of that world and start putting pieces together which you never before ever connected. A picture is worth a world. Sometimes it can even save a life. Hope is the picture you must have in mind when putting pieces together in the dark.

Happy New Year my friends.