So…I have put some rules in place for myself now. I can’t open Tweetdeck. At all. This service is just too good at pushing me all the information I need to continue in the addiction flow that keeps me from being productive or having a real life. If I’m around people, I don’t open Tweetie (on my iPhone) at all. I focus on who I’m with and if who I’m with checks their tweets, I mention it and I don’t use it as an excuse to check mine (the spiral of anti-social). I can check the web version of Twitter 2x per day…and the exception is if I post a question and need to have a bit of a conversation. When that conversation is over, I need to exit. I know I’ve been told to obsessively follow my @’s, my searches (Whuffie, wuffie, tara hunt, whuffaoke, etc.), but I don’t anymore. This may have me falling behind in places, but I lived for years before it existed and I still have Google Alerts.
Some nice strategies for pulling back from Twitter.. Can be applied to other social networking websites too.