Can You Take a Vacation From Social Media?

Written on March 20, 2008 – 2:31 pm | by Brian Wallace |

Social Media Vacation
Why haven’t you frontpaged yet? I want to go for a swim already.

The short answer: no.

The longer answer:
So I’ve been out for most of the week on vacation. Which got me to thinking – can you really take a vacation from social media?
I mean, how can you expose yourself to risking all those great tech/news nuggets like WordPress 2.5 Release Candidate?
Once you have social media in your system, it’s hard to step away from all those RSS feeds and social sites.

Especially when most hotels have free wifi (in the USA anyway, thanks for pointing this out, Tim). They’re in on it too. A hotel employee actually asked me if I had wireless, which was pretty amusing. In any case, it’s important to break away from social media from time to time.

Perhaps we take ourselves too seriously in social media. We blog, podcast, Twitter, lifestream, RSS, aggregate, rant, and vote. Does the “outside world” think we are nuts? Probably.

Are we the news source? We break the news. Sometimes we even make the news. Trying to separate the signal from of the noise isn’t easy, and this is what we are tasked to do.  So I ask you again, are we the bloggers, the real news source?

All told, it’s good to be back… even though I never really left 🙂

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  1. 6 Responses to “Can You Take a Vacation From Social Media?”

  2. By Kristen on Mar 21, 2008 | Reply

    I’m glad you’re back. It really put a damper on the work I was doing to have you gone. 🙂

  3. By Laurent Blondeau (Evidencesx) on Mar 21, 2008 | Reply

    Even when I’d like, I receive the RSS feed !
    How can I really be far from SM ?!
    There’s schizo phenomenia in do/undo : you do but you do too much, you undo, and you risk to fail something important, which is gonna take you some late mind about topics…How do it without do it…That’s the question so far…

  4. By Brian Wallace on Mar 26, 2008 | Reply

    @Kristen: good to be back. Nice, stable Internets win the day 🙂

    @Laurent: keeping up is quite a task, whether you are on vacation or not – good points!

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