January 02, 2013, 12:53 PM —
A new year, another set of resolutions. In 2013 I plan to spend more time on the ‘lesser’ social networks, purge my Facebook and Twitter lists of people who just annoy me, and focus on more positive trends in the world of social media, technology, and privacy. Read them quick, before I forget entirely about them.
Lose weight. And by “weight,” I mean the 72.4 percent of my Facebook friends who are near total strangers to me. For past few years I’ve been fairly liberal (one might even say promiscuous) in whom I decided to friend; starting this year I'll be as chaste as a nun. Then I'll start trimming the outliers. Every post on my news feed will now go through my patented WTF filter: Every time I see something from someone I don't recognize, I'll say ‘who the frak is that?’ and hit Unfriend. Interestingly, this is much easier to do on my iPad app, where Facebook’s inscrutable Edgerank algorithm is apparently not filtering out 95 percent of other people’s posts the way it does on the Web.
I’m also planning to trim the list of people I follow on Twitter, mostly by nixing the boring ones. That would include 99.7 percent of social media gurus, wanna-be supermodels, and people who post photos of what they’re currently eating (you know who you are).
Clean out my inbox. Once again, my email inbox has become a dumping ground for other people's electronic trash, so it's time for a purge there too. The first thing I'm going to do is nuke all those political newsletters that snagged my email address during the last election and are still hounding me for money. They can all now jump off a fiscal cliff, as far as I'm concerned.
I'm also telling Spotify to sod off. I really don't give a frak what my so-called friends are listening to, so I'm opting out of all of those annoying notifications that I don't remember signing up for in the first place.