Some people have asked me in IM if I’m on Twitter, usually overnight when I have forgotten to shut down Adiium for the night. No, I’m not on Twitter. If I thought there was some value in it I’d sign up. I’ve still been reeling from the Tim Ferriss presentation at SXSW that what would really add value to the things I do would be finding things that take my time and attention and get rid of them. Thus, what I don’t need is one more attention fracturing thing. My Continuous Partial Attention is too continuous, too partial and with too little attention. Can anyone give me a reason to use it that would, like, matter to me?

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

9 thoughts on “Twitterless”

  1. darusha says:


    I thought Twitter might make for an interesting platform for public fiction, and it probably would, but I don’t have the patience for it.

    other than that, it’s a mystery why people like it. To each his or her own, I guess.

  2. mike dunn says:

    i actually had a different reason for not joining twitter originally when it first started – the folks doing it were mostly west coast and for the most part people i knew of but didn’t know personally (other than ross mayfield)…

    so i ignored it because the people engaged were irrelevant to me as well as for the exact same reason you did dave – way to much going on and not needing another distraction…

    but then a friend invited me – someone whose blog i read, podcast i listen to, im and email w/ – who i have meet w/ from time to time – namely a part of my extended community – so this just seemed like one more way to stay connected…

    once i joined other friends popped up – globally, location didn’t matter nor did timezone – the key for me is to not track it constantly, ping when you feel the need and catchup w/ your friends during idle time that’s what works for me…

    definitely not for everyone – i was surprised that i liked it, mostly because i like staying connected to friends in the sort of stream of conversational manner that it allows…

    just be forewarned though, if you do give in and join and then add spin/eric rice – that guy is prolific but you already knew that huh 😉

  3. Dorothy says:

    HUGS! that you’re not on twitter.

  4. Harold says:

    I’m most familiar with twitter in some webcomics. Looks harmless but that’s just me looking at what goes on in my favorite artists’ heads. Looking from the outside suits me perfectly.

    I was surprised that Dave saw Tim Ferriss’ presentation at SXSW. I wasn’t there but I’ve met Tim a few times. If you’re looking for more reeling, here’s a website of Tim’s. I heard that he’s releasing a book that in essence is the same as the presentation.

    Could work for some people or maybe it won’t, but the blogs are certainly amusing. And informative.


  5. Cassandra says:

    I’m actually not active on Twitter (not even once) but I just sometimes read some interesting forums. Anyways, no matter people engaged in such are irrelevant, as long as the topic relates you, then go..share your own ideas.Right?

  6. John says:

    Hey Harold, Tim’s got a book out at about his concept. Check it out if you wanna buy his book.

  7. Cassandra says:

    Oh come on John, are you referring to ‘The 4-Hour Work Week’? This is indeed a very good book, in fact I have a copy of this one (before it’s out of stock). Good for me I ordered in advance.

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