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Taking a Break from Twitter and Facebook

So yesterday I started my vacation from Twitter and Facebook. Why the vacation? Quite simply I found myself on them constantly. Both at work and at home, I would load up my browser of choice and 1 of the tabs would be facebook (http://www.facebook.com), and I would have twhirl (http://www.twhirl.org) up receiving my various tweets.

Taking a break from facebook isn’t a new idea. As many of you might know I took a break from facebook for a week about a year ago this time. I found myself browsing facebook photos mindlessly and wasting hours of potential study time clicking viral links all over facebook. This is kind of the same reason why I’m taking this break. The new facebook layout encourages looking at walls, photos and profiles with their new tabbed page layout. And now with the ability to comment on news feed items, it just made it that much more addictive. Also, there was a social issue that I can’t go into too much detail about. Maybe some day I’ll talk about it.

Now the problem with twitter was that it was TOO accessible. I would twitter everything from shoe shopping to issues with parking at the train station. Since it also updated my facebook status and allowed the ability to update my twitter through text messages, it adds utility that I was not getting from any other service.

So I decided in the end that cutting myself off cold turkey from these services was the best way to break my addiction. The biggest influences behind the decisions were 50% the social issue, and 50% the addiction. Maybe I can get back to blogging. I’ve learned quite a bit about industry and how my education helped. You’ll see a blog post in the near future about this.