One part of minimalism that most people don't think of is digital clutter. So many of us nowadays have a phone, tablet, laptop and home computer and think that they really don't take up much space. In reality they do, not physical space but mental space. How much time do we spend each day looking at our phones checking out our FaceBook, Twitter or Instagram feeds? I myself have 2 FaceBook, 2 Twitter, an Instagram and a Linkedin account. One Facebook, one Twitter and the Linkedin account I use for business purposes and the rest I use for social. On top of that I have 3 email accounts, 1 for business and 2 for personal use.
Because there are so many topics to touch on I will divide this into two blogs, this one about social media and my next blog about email, apps, music, photos and desktop icons.
FaceBook is an amazing tool if used properly. To many of us have 100's of friends on Facebook, most of which we have never met and probably never will. Years ago I had about 350 friends on my Facebook page, people from games that I played online, or just accepted as friends for no reason. Then I decided to clear off all the ones that had no real significance in my life. Low and behold I was down to about 60 friends, it was nice, actually being able to see what my friends were up to and not having to search though all of the clutter from people I didn't know. Plus I use this page for my business, so I try to keep it as professional as possible. Then when I started my blog I also started a new FaceBook page (Real Minimalism: There are so many levels) I started getting all kinds of friend requests, that has been great, I have met all kinds of interesting people from around the world that have the same interests as myself. Many of the people I have met have inspired me to lead a better life, and I know that if I was to ever meet them that we would be friends. Saying that, hopefully I will get a chance to meet them in the near future when my wife and I do some more travelling.
Twitter and Instagram:
As with FaceBook I have a personal and a professional Twitter account and a personal Instagram account. I Rarely use my professional one but get a lot of use out of my personal one. Again you really need to pick and choose who you follow. I have deleted a lot of the people that I found were always posting the same things or were just there to try and sell me something. I find that really hard when I go onto my Twitter account and someone is trying to sell me products that can make my minimalist life better (wonder if they know what an oxymoron is), you can get all the information you'll ever need on the internet for FREE.
I only have one Linkedin account with only about 80 professional contacts on there. I meet people all of the time that talk about the thousand or so contacts they have. My first question to them is Why? Are these contacts going to help you in your professional career? I keep my list down to people that I have actually met and do business with or would refer them to a friend or client if needed.
All to often people think that it is a contest to see how many friends they can get. I still think that Quality over Quantity is your best bet in social media. If the people that you follow bring some kind of value to you life then they belong on your feeds, if they are just taking up space then its time to let them go.
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