I went offline from social media (mainly twitter, facebook and irc) two days ago because reasons and I'm starting to notice funny things.
Firstly, I haven't destroyed any of my accounts and I still have access there if I figure I'd like to look there again for any reason.
But I'm noticing that almost all of my ideas and thoughts are formulated in the form of a tweet. It usually goes like
- Seed of a thought pops out
- Thought is developed into self-contained and complete information
- Information goes through several revisions to make it into a tweet - as short as possible without losing information and funny.
- I think "Ooh shiny, this is a nice tweet" often followed by "but I can't tweet this because reasons".
Now this process is not new. What is new is the realization that all ideas start in this way and lot of them end in it as well. Anyway, the implication is that now I can describe my mental throughput in number of tweets per unit of time. I guesstimate it's about 5 tweets per hour and they usually come in in bursts.
It even gets a little annoying since the stimulus from social media is gone, making me more sensitive to what is going on in my inner world. So I notice there is a lot of repetition as lot of things need taking further action but ideas come in faster than they can be resolved - fixed and things that annoyed me yesterday are likely to annoy me today as well.