Today at the office, I'm trying desperately to focus as the machinery in the street beneath our windows grinds, pummels, and jackhammers the pavement into oblivion. Where are those Bose noise-canceling headphones when I need them?
The scenario started me thinking about other types of noise. If you're like me, and signed in to too many social media profiles to count, you're seeing a lot of noise too. On LinkedIn, there are the spammy webinar dudes, on Twitter, there are the constant check-ins from FourSquare (I don't CARE that you're at Denny's), on Facebook...well, don't even get me started about the Farmville and Fishville and Pillow Fighting. Some might say, "why don't you just stop following these accounts?" That would be one way to focus, but then I would miss the golden nuggets that sometimes shine through the mess. I love keeping up with my college friends' kids accomplishments, getting business and life tips directly from Seth Godin, and being able to meet new people even if they live thousands of miles away (love you GaGaJoyJoy peeps).
I'm now searching for a way to "clean up" all of my social accounts so I just get the good stuff. If/when I find the solution, I'll share it here. Meanwhile, if any of you have found a cool way to do it, please feel free to post it here. You'll be my hero.
Incidentally, on LiveCloud.com, we recently implemented a feature that will appeal to those who prefer to filter Tweets from their notifications. Just go to Manage Your Stuff > Notifications and you'll see the option to remove Tweets from your blog notifications. Voila...less noise.