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Fear of missing out & Social Media

I am over new social media. And quitting most of the ones I already have. In the last two weeks I’ve literally cancelled dozens of useless social services (and finding out that most simply do not exist anymore). 

At first I was worried that I was missing out, or that this service would be better, or do something new. Simple fact is that I dont need anymore “stuff” – I need less interruptions and more focus. I bookmark at Pinboard, I don’t need Pinterest. I have my own blog, I don’t need Facebook. I have Twitter to get questions answered, I don’t need Quora.

I need to focus on my core competencies. Participation isn’t a core competency. Discipline, focus, rigour and research. That’s what matter. s

I’m not afraid of missing out, I’m opting out of having any more. 




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  1. Devin Akin says:

    A-freakin’-men brother. Completely agree.


  2. Fernando Montenegro says:

    Good points, Greg. My rationale for social media is similar, though my personal use case points to lots of FB usage and Quora is a nice window into well-formulated responses to a variety of questions.

    As always, YMMV.


  3. Seems I’ve already saved myself loads of time – I haven’t heard of a lot of those sites! As we’ve discussed in the past, there is a lot of time wasting to be had on the Internet and trying to sift through the crap is made easier sometimes by a mass culling rather than picking and choosing. Let us know when you find the perfect mix of social media, blogs and RSS…that’s what I am currently aiming for.