I decided to scale back my social media a little, and those of you who enjoy tracking my every move on Foursquare I’m sure will be sorely disappointed.
Or perhaps not.
Before I traded in my dumb phone for my current Android phone I didn’t quite understand the novelty of Fourssquare. “Checking in” seemed to be the thing to do if you had a Android, iPhone or Blackberry. Because of this of course I had to join in once I had my coveted smart phone.
When I became the mayor of my first location I beamed with pride. Badges, I needed those stinking badges! Ok, I am exaggerating a little, but you get the idea. It was fun.
Now the novelty had worn off and I decided that I didn’t really need to have an account anymore. For the following reasons…
My life isn’t that interesting, actually it’s pretty boring. If you were my friend on Foursquare you’d have seen I go to HyVee and HyVee Gas – a lot – and that I like Mexican food.
I asked myself do people I just know if cyber world and haven’t met in person – do they really need to know where I’m at – all the time? No.
If you really want to know where I’m at or what I’m doing – I know this is old school, but you could call or text. People who know me well have my phone number.
My network isn’t very reliable and so there were plenty of times I couldn’t bring up my current locations or it had me somewhere else. It loaded slow, and did I really need to waste my time with this? No.
Now that you can “check-in” with the Facebook mobile app did I really need the redundancy? No.
Security, I realize I could tweak the privacy features, but when you blog like I do and work with juvenile offenders like I have broadcasting where you are at a specific ideas isn’t always the best idea.
I also decided let my Flickr account go dormant. For starters I hardly used it since I could upload pictures to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Now that Android users can use Instagram which I can easily share those pictures on Facebook and Twitter it didn’t make sense to continue.