↯ Tom (dB) writes sometimes

The Cull (my time is precious)

May 25, 2015

I’ve spent the entire bank holiday weekend decorating. I’ve not had time to keep up with my constant stream of information. Then I listened to Roderick on the Line #122 – Parliament of the Moment (I’m a little behind on Roderick, they’re on 155 now. If only I had more time).

Basically, John and Merlin discuss phone distraction. The constant stream of information coming at you and the vying of your attention.

I have a 4 year old son, he demands attention, lots and lots of it. Sometimes I give that attention to my phone. I feel bad about that. “Am I missing something?”; gnaws away at me. Any opportunity to whip the phone out and check, I take it. I’m an addicted slave.

Who I follow started around 7 years ago. Twitter was fairly new and I worked at Singletrack. I followed people and they followed me because of my connection to bikes. People I don’t know. They’re interesting and nice people. But they’re not friends, they’re not even acquaintances. Most I’ve never even met. I haven’t unfollowed because of my desire to not offend anyone. I wouldn’t unfollow if they followed me. That’s when I started my list system.

At time of writing I follow 224 people on Twitter. I manage this into lists.

  • The people I work with
  • A list of “devs” – to get information about what’s going on in the developer community
  • Apps – information about apps that I use
  • ✩ – the fun list. People I know. Things that make me laugh.

This totals about 100 that I actively follow.

I can’t be bothered anymore. I love you all but I don’t love you so much that you can take my precious time. That 100 “active follow” list will be dwindling too.

This is free reign to unfollow me. I won’t be offended.

If you need me, you can find me.


Tom de Bruin

I’m Tom de Bruin and I make websites and I ride bikes. I’m a software engineer. You could follow me @deadlyhifi.