I deactivated my Twitter account a few days ago. I found that although I was getting some value out of it, most of it was just noise and time wasters. I followed several accounts that had quality wisdom and entertaining content, but even with those I wasn’t getting the same value out of them.
Twitter will keep my account alive for 30 days, then it’s gone forever. That account has been part of my life for 9 years and I don’t know if I ever went more than a week without using it. I downloaded an archive of my data before deactivating it, so at least I can keep that data. It might be cool to either download or create some kind of Twitter archive reader. At best it might be some kind of read-only interface that lets me interact with the data in some way.
I’ve been trying, with limited success, to move away from mindless web surfing and stick to a more curated list of blogs and sites. I use Inoreader to put it all in one place. As much as I enjoy the endless supply of new information and perspectives the Internet provides, it’s too much for most, myself included, to really handle. I need to cut back on it. Killing my Twitter is one such way.