It was 2007 when I first used Twitter. No one really cared, and nobody that I knew was using. I remember my friends mocking at me, saying it was just another hipster thing I came up with. For my surprise, Twitter grew way more than I expected, becoming one of the biggest social networks of all time.
I use Twitter a lot. It is my main source of resourceful links and news. I’m always aware of a new JS framework I will never use, that new startup that just got IPO’d (I wonder if they use that new framework, or maybe they created it?).
Also, the latest memes (if you’re not from Brazil, you have no idea how much we care about it). I know a good portion of them.
Oh, I can’t forget the news. Things are on fire in South America, and the political scene here is just crazy. I remember I didn’t know how to explain to my american friends what was really going on.
All jokes aside, this list summarizes what I see on my timeline everyday:
- Ruby/JS news
- Music news
- Local news (mostly about death and political scandals)
- Traffic reports
- Memes about sports (soccer, of course)
- Coding celebrities ranting about something
- Friends twitting random stuff
From this list, what I really care about are number #1 and #2. It is also nice to know what’s going around. But
Time to go away
I’m so addicted to it I am accessing it without even noticing.
- Waiting for a build to finish? Twitter.com
- One of coworkers is taking long to answer me back? Cmd + T www.twitter.com
- My mind just idled? Yeah, you get it
On top of all that, for some reason Twitter makes me feel anxious (fear of missing out?), and, right now, it is doing more bad than good.
So, yeah, after thinking a little about it, I decided to take some time off of Twitter. Don’t know for how long, but I will continue to use it to share interesting content I find on the internet. I will not spend precious time browsing my timeline, though.
Staying up to date
Still, as a developer, I need to know what’s going on in the community. But, for my surprise, we have some great resources to keep up to date:
- Refind: Refind is the home for the best links on the web. Discover and save what matters most to you.
- Rubyflow: Made a library? Written a blog post? Found a useful tutorial? Share it with the Ruby community here or just enjoy what everyone else has found!
- Cooperpress: Cooperpress publishes weekly email newsletters to an audience of over 300,000 developers and software engineers.
- Pocket: When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket.
All of these sites will help you to stay up to date with what really matters to you.
Twitter is not evil, it is the best social media that exists (tho I really like Last.fm).
Instead of chasing the information, make it be delivered to you