This is day 2 of my Cold Turkey experiment. For one week I will only get my news from Twitter. No NPR, no RSS feeds, no newspapers, no website (unless directed to via Twitter), no podcasts and no e-mail subscriptions.
Sometimes its difficult to avoid the news. For example, while watching Tom Brady’s hair defeat the Ravens, I couldn’t help but see the news crawl with sports headline. Not to mention the email from the boss saying “read this.” However, with those exceptions, I kept to the rules. It was painful.
What experiences did I long for during my first cold turkey business day?
- I missed listening to sports guys relish the Pats OT win; however I did get to enjoy an episode of This American Life. It’s commentary, not news!
- I suffered trying to find decent news during my morning commute to the train; I missed checking out the top stories in the WSJ and scanning the paper for topics of interest.
- I ultimately did turn to a WSJ twitter feed, but it hadn’t been updated since Friday. #newsfail
- I missed checking the news apps (market news, Mashable & USA Today – say what you will about “McNews”, they have a great app) on my Moto Droid.
- I want my Google reader back, I WANT MY RSS FEEDS. I WANT THEM NOW!
Since I’m going “all twitter” I had only one response, find more twitter feeds to add and I did add a few:
- Bostonupdate – for local news
- Globebiz – for local business news
- WSJ – again, no weekend service, no tweets at 8:00 am
So, while day 1, was an annoyance, I felt myself wanting more on day 2. I need to find a better way. Hit me back with ideas.