Shane's Blog

A social media replacement by Shane Guiter

This is my next thing

For more than fifteen years, I have been engaged in one form of social media or another. Back then, being an early adopter of My Space and  Friendster, or Tumblr and Twitter, made me feel special. Being connected to each another on the Internet seemed like the vanguard of something big. We had an inside track. We knew where the future was pointing, and we were running out in front of everyone. I believed in the promise of the Internet.

After all of these years, and followers, and mentions, and updates, I have realized that I'm tired of it all. For a while now, I have felt a sense of dread and loathing every time I open Twitter, Instagram, and especially Facebook. I've tried all the games for coping with the burnout. I've taken breaks. I've removed social apps from my phone.  I've created crazy rules for myself for checking my timelines or writing posts. But non of these tricks and techniques has worked.

Here's the thing: I'm worried that the noise and outrage and the FOMO that has come to embody social media is clouding my view of what comes next. That my obsession with what is happening RIGHT NOW is keeping me from missing the next BIG IDEA. 

I still believe in the internet, but I want to explore it in a different way. I'm going to slow down, and speed up, and catalog big ideas and small ones. And hopefully, get a glimpse of what comes next.

Shane Guiter