Bah humbug

So, a couple of days ago I asked Google to delete my Google+ account and Google Profile. I got sick of Google assuming that any "friends" I had in my circle should be integrated with my Picasa Web Albums and other Google properties. I feel ... less encumbered now, it's a nice feeling. (Aside: I will give Google kudos for making this process (a) possible and (b) not painful.)

I've logged into Facebook only once or twice in the past 6 months, and that was just because I didn't have another contact mechanism for some friends of mine.

My Tweet stream has dwindled to a trickle, and I only rarely read through the tweets of those I follow (whereas 3 months ago I had a pretty reliable daily routine).

So for someone who is meant to be preaching the KM gospel, why am I such a social media Luddite?

Well, being a father of 2 daughters under two has a lot to do with it — I just don't have the spare time I used to. But I think it's more than that. At the moment the signal-to-noise ratio for social media just isn't there. I even notice "less news" in Google News when I visit. And the kicker is that I don't feel that I'm missing out.

Could it be that the world doesn't change as much as we think, or as fast? Perhaps we are finally recognising that high quality information matters more than high frequency information?

To me, it's telling that Google Reader has been a mainstay throughout this evolution. Most of my subscriptions are for publications that publish less often, but have important things to say. Indeed, some of my most valuable subscriptions are of people who publish once a month or less. Other people I trust provide weekly round-ups of an area to help me feel like I'm still in the loop.

I'm finding benefits from unplugging a little. I wonder if you would too?

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