I have come to realize that Social Media connections – not in some way relevant or directly experienced in other contexts – are unnecessary. Further, these extraneous connections can be serious nuisances in being the source of spam and other activities I have become impatient with – as they exploit the standing as a connection, anonymous in their numbers.
To this end… In the interest of refining my Social Media connections on Facebook/Instagram and LinkedIn, I have engaged in a significant amount of culling. I am attempting to keep connected to those in the design industry, and those I have either direct personal or business experience with. I have closed my Twitter account, simply because I saw no use for it and have no idea what it is for (must be too old or something).
I’m removing businesses and individuals that have connected for the purpose of soliciting me for services or products, especially those I have zero interest in. I have removed suppliers and members of suppliers I have no experience with. I’ve further removed individuals I do not personally know that have nebulous personal descriptions, like “Savior of mankind from the ravages of poor leadership in times of the blah blah blah” as I find them silly.
In this activity, I may have inadvertently deleted a connection or two that may be disappointed at being removed. For this I apologize, I can assure you that there is nothing personal going on here, and hope you will reach out and let me know by either requesting a connection again, or by email explaining what a jerk I was for removing you. Accidents happen. When you are grinding through a list of thousands of names to get down to a few hundred, there is going to be a few unintended casualties.
If you read this and think it is an opportunity to get into my new, leaner, meaner, more relevant connections list… think again. I will be using the “ignore” option with far greater diligence than ever before.