First of all, RIP, Justin Wilson.
Second…this weekend, and this past week as I embark on a fall semester, I’ve been thinking a lot about digital detox & declutter. I just saw this article over at Fast Company that brought it back to the surface. I started by taking an inventory of my digital accounts. This took a minute.
This is just a snippet of it, and just a snippet of one channel. Furthermore, said channel (Faceplace) is one I’ve not been on much this year via the personal page. But, I have tried to keep the book pages updated. (Some pages listed here I’m not the primary owner of, either.)
But you get the point: I think the first step of figuring out your digital detox is to get on digital or plain paper all the channels that you digitally hang your shingle out at as a first step.
Once the inventory is taken, the next step is to decide what you can keep and what can go. Now, I don’t think employing the #KonMari approach of the “does it spark joy?” test necessarily can apply here, as some items in social are more about marketing and less about personal joy than say, a scarf or a skirt. So then, what test should one use?
Is it the number of likes/followers or members one should consider? For example, I had another interesting challenge this weekend, when one of my pharmacy groups on LinkedIn hit 20,000 members. They now shut off allowing more members into the club, and you have to request the membership to be bumped up. Linkedin approved it. But, is that a group I want to cut off if it is on the chopping block?
On the other hand, if I cut off pages/profiles/groups/likes with low numbers, they may be new, and need time to take off.
Clearly, I’m still shopping for a test. Because it is time for a digital purge. And, purging would allow me a little more space to try all the flashy new toys in social, like periscope, meerkat, beme, plag, etc.
Do you have a social media/cleanout/purge test? If so, what is it?