I’ll be in New York for Inman Connect this week, but I’ll be leaving most of social media behind.
On December 8th, 2012, I tweeted, “Twitter off. I might be back Monday. We’ll see. :)” I needed a break to get some distance and perhaps gain some perspective on why I use Twitter. And except for the errant automatic tweet sent from my blog that required me to respond on 12/19, I haven’t been back since. I’m sure I’ll return at some point, but it won’t be this week, contrary to the hopes of Chris Drayer. This morning, I went to see exactly when I signed off of Twitter and found this in response:
— Chris Drayer (@FPO) January 14, 2013
Sorry, Chris. There will be no sacrifice to the Twitter gods this week. And I won’t be posting live updates to Facebook, or Path or Google+, or checking in via Foursquare, or posting photos to Instagram. Frankly, I’ve grown tired of heading to conferences like this where everyone says, “The real value is in connecting with people,” only to watch everyone get together and stare at their phones while they frantically try to tell everyone who is not there what they’re doing. I’m going to battle my infinite appetite for distraction and focus on the moment, perhaps snap a photo or two, but if I’m with the people I came to connect with, the phone will be in my pocket.
I’m tired of technology being in the saddle. So, I’ll be checking Facebook in the morning and at night, I’ll post some of my favorite photos from the day, and send a few birthday videos. What I won’t be doing is attempting to alert everyone who is NOT at Inman about what I’m doing the moment I’m doing it. That can wait.
This week is about face-to-face.