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Why I don’t tweet much anymore

Except for the auto-tweet that goes out with my daily blog posts, I rarely use Twitter (and don’t do much on Facebook either).

I’m a fan and a believer, of course, and support it thoroughly as CEO of SocialMedia.org.

But there aren’t enough hours in the day for entrepreneuring, raising kids, trying to be not fat, and raising my work family. And an occasional bit of fun.

We all have to make a choice on how we best contribute to our community given the time we have. And I decided that a blog post each day (plus my work) was enough. So I write one well-thought-out post at a time and share it.

The world will be no better or worse off without my stream of thoughts and comments in real-time, and it’ll be much better off without my spontaneous bad jokes.

Not being in the real-time social media flow means that I’ll miss stuff, and some people will think that I’m a social media snob.

But cutting out the real-time conversation has given me back time to think, reflect, and do better work. Which I hope is enough for anyone who cares to take a look.

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  1. Lisa Spengler May 28, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Thumbs up to that! We all need a break and time to think, reflect and do better work. I haven’t been big into Twitter simply because I felt I needed to draw a line somewhere.

  2. Jim kukral May 28, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    I’m with you andy. I think we’ll see more of this.

  3. nfaleafine May 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    You are not alone. :)

  4. Rishi Rawat May 29, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    It’s a little freaky but everything you say I tend to agree with 100%. Maybe this is why you’re listed as a Giant on my site (http://www.frictionless-commerce.com/our-giants.html). Maybe this is why your book is listed as a favorite (http://www.frictionless-commerce.com/more-about-rishi-rawat.html). And maybe this is why I’ve mailed you a stamped self addressed envelope.

  5. Brian Goulet June 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    I’m right there with you Andy. I look at hardcore tweeters like Gary Vaynerchuck and wonder how they do it. I’m running my own business with 3 employees, working at home with my wife, our 16 month old son with another due in December. I blog almost daily with at least 3-4 videos a week too. It’s about all I can just to do that, and at the end of the day I look at my Tweetdeck and go “why can’t I get into this like I feel I could?”.

    Sure, Twitter is a great opportunity for a lot of folks and can be very useful, but so can Flickr, and YouTube, and Viddler, and Ustream, and JustinTV, and blogging, and forums, etc. etc. Much like any marketing plan, I think it’s good to try a lot of different things, see what takes best, and focus on doing that really well.

    I appreciate your admitting that Twitter isn’t your focus and maintaining what works best for you. I would hate to see you do worse or fewer blogs so you can do half-hearted tweets out of obligation, y’know?

  6. Nick S. June 3, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    I’m with you, Andy. I’m scaling way back, too. Who has the time to do it all?

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