Digital Minimalism Task #1: TwitterI recently deleted all but 39 relevant Twitter followers from a list of several thousand I’d curated over a three-year period. I also deleted those I followed with the exception of those I felt to be relevant, useful or inspiring. This has enabled me to wipe the slate clean and start afresh, rather than deleting my old account altogether.
Digital Minimalism Task #2: LinkedInI decided to only stay connected with those I’d either met in person or who’ve been supportive of my endeavors. This has eliminated the number of unsolicited ‘salesy’ messages I receive from those I’m no longer connected with!
Digital Minimalism Task #3: FacebookI have decided only to follow/be friends with those people on Facebook who make me feel good about myself. This aspect of digital minimalism has been on my to-do list for a long time. Mainly because I’m a pretty private person (hence no Facebook profile link in this post/on this website!).
Generation XAs with many of my generation, I’ve used Facebook longer than any other social media channel. I can only suppose that I must have more of an emotional attachment to it. Why I didn’t detox this digital dominator even longer ago is no doubt down to a number of reasons, not least of all FOMO (fear of missing out) syndrome. I have also changed a great deal as a person. So, when I am sent those anniversary posts Facebook is oh so fond of, I really cringe! It just sounds so self-indulgent and curated, With that in mind, genuine friends & family and causes I follow or feel passionately about have stayed. Those people I consider to be acquaintances or ‘friends of friends’ have stayed. And my self-esteem is much more robust – not accepting friend requests because I feel flattered!
Digital Minimalism to free up time and headspace has surely got to be Hootsuite scheduling. This is something I do have a head start on, having been a social media manager & trainer in a former life. I highly recommend the platform to anybody looking to adopt digital minimalism?