Last Thursday, I took a bold step and announced my retirement from Twitter. My announcement coincided with my 20,000 update or tweet which is a pretty big deal when you think about how much time and effort it takes to do anything 20,000 times. While I knew it was unlikely that I would stay retired — thus my comparison of my retirement to two of the greatest “un-retiring” athletes in the world — I did enjoy my time away from microblogging.
- I’ve talked a lot about signal to noise the last couple years but I haven’t always done as good a job at delivering enough “signal.” Now that my tweets are appearing on our company’s home page, I’m more aware than ever of my conversations. That does NOT mean that I don’t plan to swear, complain or throw out the occasional snarky tweet but instead, that I will think a little bit harder about lower value conversations (more on that in the next bullet).
- During my five day hiatus from Twitter, I did learn that I really do like conversing on Facebook. And you know what, Facebook is a great place for those “lower value” conversations that actually aren’t really lower in value, but rather “de-valued” when they take place in front of tons of people that don’t know you. What I mean by this is that out of the 9,500+ people that follow me on Twitter, I probably only know about 1,000 of them. On Facebook, I know closer to 750 of the 1,100 people that I’ve friended, and many are family members or friends from high school, college and live events.
- I need to spend more time blogging — and not just fluff pieces. What I mean by this is that I felt really proud about posting the Age Wave piece that I co-penned with my friend, John Cass last week. We really thought that post through, did research and delivered a point of view. I want to do more of those thought pieces, both here and on my company blog. I also need to do a better job holding up my end of the bargain on the weekly podcast show I do with my partner in crime, Jennifer Leggio.