The Great De-cluttering

Well, well well. It's been a while.

Before I say anything else, I'd like to explain why I've been away so long; I've been working on my new site. Very soon it will be joshuaareogun.com (Still working on that ^_^ ). It's great to be back finally and I'm looking forward to posting more quality content in the future. 

Speaking of quality content...

I expect by now you've noticed the topic, "The Great De-cluttering". Let's talk about that. Most people who know me also know that I'm a full-blown, all-out tech geek. If it bleeds binary code, I'm all over it. I love content. Especially tech content. Sadly the internet isn't known for its restrictive measures. So naturally overtime, I have acquired a TRUCKLOAD of content which now serves as unnecessary clutter. 

I watched a talk by Brad Frost a while back outlining to some detail the issues with information overload in this day and age. How there are so many services, apps and people who can now clamour endlessly for your attention thanks to the progression of the internet. I remember him referencing the fact that about 2.4 billion of the world's 7 billion people have access to the internet. *pause*  Wait.. WHAT? This statement scared the crap out of me. If there's this much nonsense, clutter, pointless apps clamouring for my attention and just 2.4 billion out of the world's 7 billion people are responsible for this, then we can safely say it's only going to get worse. 

The world is progressing at an unprecedented rate, yes but no matter how many apps, internet services, innovative apps come out, ONE thing will remain unchanged -- the number of hours in a day. This will always be 24. No more. No less. It's also worth mentioning that there's only so much information that the human mind can take. 

Here's a quick list of some of the scary stats he shared in his talk:

571 New Websites are created every minute.

347 Wordpress blogposts ever minute.

27,778 tumblr posts per minute.

500 Million tweets per day

2.5 Billion things (posts, pics, vids etc.) are put up on Facebook per day.

With this on my mind I knew it was time to act fast. Hence, "The Great De-cluttering".

I decided to rid myself of all the clutter and nonsense that I was being forced to consume per day and focus on healthy, quality content, being the tech enthusiast that I am, I had a LOT of work to do. Sadly, I have an account on almost every web service and app that requires it. So earlier this week, I took the first step in my journey to a clutter-free life. In subsequent posts, I'll be updating you on my progress in this journey that may or may not *spoiler alert* lead to me deleting my Facebook account.  

PHASE 1: The "Twittering"

Okay that name sounded much better in my head, I decided to attack my twitter clutter head on. (A little prelude: The amount of tweets I had to go through per day anytime I fired up my twitter client was entering thousands which led me to flee from my twitter account in fear). I "De-Cluttered" my twitter account by cleaning up my following list. I unfollowed anyone who basically "journaled" on twitter (Friends or not) and left my tech news, iOS developer circles, business partners and friends who tweet right intact. 

THE RESULT: Mind-Blowing

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I was astounded to see the difference in my twitter timeline when I logged on this morning. I had just 11 tweets. Useful news , tips etc. I felt at peace. For the first time, I didn't have to mindlessly scroll past 1000+ tweets just to get to the ones from 30 minutes ago. I was able to see all the stuff I wanted to see and nothing else. It was epic.

RECOMMENDATION: Use that Unfollow Button

In conclusion, I would advice you to use twitter in a more productive way to get information about things you care about and see links you actually want to click. Take it from me nothing feels better. Don't worry you won't lose your friends (Someone who stops being your friend because you unfollowed him/her shouldn't be your friend in the first place).
Join me in my quest for a clutter-free tech life. Unfollow someone today :) 

Cheers,

Josh.