The Weekly Review

by Chris Bowler

Dick Moves

Despite the fact that I've been unhappy with Twitter's business strategy and various "Dick" moves, the end result has been great. The main effect on me has been a reduce usage of their service. And although I signed on for App.net early on, my Twitter usage was not merely replaced by the new service.

There are various reasons for this. Moving to a new house, a new job, and a long trip. But mostly, it's been a continual desire to use Twitter less. I'm thankful for their helping me do what I proved unsuccessful with on my own.

As for App.net, having a client from the Tapbots crew makes it more desirable. But not enough to overcome the desire to change my habits. In a recent post on discipline, Joshua Blankenship stated a truth I have felt for years now:

Disciplining my body not to get Coca-Cola Classic at every meal is not all that different than discipling my mind not to visit Twitter at every mental break.

I don't know how my Twitter/App.net usage will go from here. But I know I'm enjoying the quiet and will take it day by day.

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