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Have you ever thought about how much of what you consume--Facebook updates, tweets, instagram photos--is forgotten within a few minutes? Hours? What makes something stick? Worth sticking? And what is the lifespan of a tweet, a photo, an update? I ask because I can not remember (without looking) what I retweeted, liked on Facebook or saw on Instagram yesterday. Can you?


Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by i am not a celebrity

I totally agree with you. Flying through the internet, commenting here, posting their, pinning everywhere.

Each little visit is like a stepping stone, a foothold as we race for the next thing to distract us, afraid of falling in.

And, what happens when we stop? Nothing bad, just reconnection and peace.

I’m yet to find the balance between the two.

Thanks for sharing.


Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Lindsey

Everything is so fleeting which is why we’re all trying so hard to making a lasting impression through our work and ideas. Unfortunately, it’s only a rare few that manage to do so sustainably.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Helle

Well as i neither tweet, do facebook or instagram it’s hard to say about those platforms, I do post photos on a photography platform, not flickr, but with over a million users they are usually “forgotten” within a day or two, when the next several thousands of photos have been uploaded. I’m sure facebook and twitter can be good ways to keep up with people, I just see how much time friends spend/waste there, and simply don’t want to do that.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by June

Poignant. And now I’m depressed. But I will remember this post tomorrow.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Milsters

That’s why I love the few gems that I do find on the internet – and often the ones with emotional content (whether that content is words, images, drawings) that stick with me.

Btw, I think your husband’s newly released prints have amazing emotional content! Especially for avid bookworms like myself. I appreciate his ability to take things I’ve read before and shine a light on them from a different angle.



Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Maria

I also don’t do Facebook, twitter, or instagram. I had a Goodreads account for a while since I love to read, but closed it recently. It was information overload. I’m just not cut out for social media, I guess. Speaking of books, I think there is one from a few years ago about what makes ideas stick.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by CitricSugar

I, too, am without facebook, twitter and instagram and don’t generally feel I’m missing out. There is the occasional time I take flak from a relative who feels it’s my duty to be on facebook as it’s the place the family shares news but I find if it’s important, someone tells me. More often than not, it’s what the cat had for breakfast or the eleventy-first repost of a quote I’ve read a number of times before. I’ve gotten better over the last couple of years at going whole days without the www though i am less strong at not checking email.

I appreciate your disposable cup analogy. The internet is full of single-use, detritus. Luckily, there’s a lot of valuable pieces that stay with you, too.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by shruti

i’m not on facebook, g+, instagram, pinterest since i find it too time consuming. i like twitter, stumbleupon, flickr so i use those sites. love the way you put this post….interesting thought process. you’re right though, most of these tweets & posts are forgotten soon or sometimes links are not even clicked on ;-) ziplist & evernote are extremely useful to store link you like in an organized way

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Maria

I’m not against social media per se, I think what it comes down to is that it doesn’t matter to me what people are doing or saying real-time. A good friend of mine tried to talk me into joining Facebook. I sat down with her for a half hour as she showed me her account and how it all works, and I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t think it would enhance my life and I definitely don’t have time to keep up with it all.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Nichole

I am so surprised that many of you don’t tweet, instagram or Facebook! Some days I want to delete all of those accounts.

So perhaps I have a different experience online. I’ve been culling what I read, and recognize that much of it doesn’t contribute in any meaningful way, and needs to go.

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