Yes; I deleted my Instagram account, and nobody has died. None of my hundreds of followers has noticed – or cared enough to ask. Ta!
Okay, two of them asked. One-tenth bread is better than none; right? Still, you get the picture: much of our social media activities will not be missed should we get rid of them.
New social platforms keep emerging every other day, and people flock to them. I keep asking, How do you all keep up? I keep hitting an invisible ceiling of some sort with these platforms. It might just be me. Some of you are super heroes with these things.
I have a Google Plus account that I barely visit. It is great for SEO, so as a blogger, I keep it running on auto for sharing my blog posts.
My 2Go account has been dormant, as has been my SnapChat account, along with my accounts on several other social platforms. You don’t want me to start listing them all.
But here is the really interesting thing: I do not miss Instagram. Why? you may ask. Because other platforms that are more integrated into my everyday life get the job done.
Between Facebook and WhatsApp, all the photo and video sharing I want to do gets done.
Living In The Moment
If there is one thing I have come to enjoy about WhatsApp status is how it allows you to express the moment and then wipes out the update after 24 hours.
The truth is that much of our social media updates are about the moment – what we are thinking of or going through now this very moment. They mostly become irrelevant hours and days after, sometimes weeks after.
You have no idea how often I have thought of wiping out my Facebook and Twitter archives. I read some of the stuff I posted years ago, and they were relevant to the situation then but not anymore.
WhatsApp Status lets me put my thoughts and vanity on display when I feel them and then it is gone. Which is What Snapchat and Instagram Stories do too.
I keep looking to keep my social media digital footprint trim, because spreading myself too thin is a bad idea. Man shall not live by social media alone… Feel free to complete the modified quote with whatever works for you.
Facebook is essential in many ways. It is the biggest and baddest of social media; it difficult to ignore. Whatsapp is essential to personal communication and so gets used a lot. Twitter is awesome for getting my daily dose of news and updates. Google Plus is an SEO tool and nothing more; I do no manual, personal posting there.
For now, those four are essential social platforms for me. The rest are mostly duplicates of what these four already offer. I have an active Linkedin account. I get more business from Facebook and Twitter than from there though. You know.
So, yes; I deleted my Instagram account and nobody has died. I should hunt down all my other dormant/redundant social media accounts and find a way to delete them too. Sometimes, less is more.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.