Clearing Out My Feeds
I'm definitely a very "connected" person. After an hour or so of being up in the, I'm checking the cached notifications that appear when my phone leaves "Do Not Disturb" mode. It's from an array of platforms (YouTube, Patreon, Twitter, Instagram and mailing lists). I've always kept my subscriptions on YouTube low because the act of watching video is a very isolating operation. Patreon was easy to because it costs money. Instagram is something I'm working to reduce. Twitter, though, has proven to be the most difficult platform to reduce my "mental traffic" to. I also use it as a pipeline for news.
Thankfully Tokimeki Unfollow, a free app on Glitch, has helped me with reducing the number of people I follow as well as moving people into lists that align with the kind of content that they tend to post. I've gone from nearly following 2,000 people to about half of that. And I don't want to stop. I'd like to get to a place where I don't see updates if it's not a mention or a direct message. And even then, I'd like to direct those to my personal site's contact form. Once I get down to about 750, which feels like an optimal number of people to follow for me, I'll double down on adding this content into Lwa so I can just follow Twitter lists like a timeline - instead of relying on the primary timeline for the source of information. I'm excited to launch it!
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