[UPDATE: Geez, I had to end up deleting Tweetdeck. This stuff is addictive.]
Mixed results from yesterday: I managed to stay off for most of the day, but it eventually took disconnecting this site from Twitter (because I would forget, and let the site post from Twitter, and then people would react to those posts, and I’d get a notification*) and protecting my Tweets (because when I did cheat and go onto Tweetdeck the urge to reply to stuff was nigh-insurmountable**) to get into that state. But I think that I’ve plugged all the holes, now. We’ll see. But I need a couple of legit off-Twitter days to assess what it’s doing to my head.
*I now really grok what ‘Pavlovian’ means. That chime literally makes me drop whatever I’m doing to go look. I had to delete Twitter from my iPod.
**I thought about suspending my account, but that comes with a specific socio-political message right now. Protecting the tweets means nobody can read my new ones, so there’s no point in writing them – and nobody can see my responses, so there’s no point in making them***.
***No, I don’t want to hear of any loopholes. And that’s in the ‘tell me about a loophole and I may in fact turn off your account here’ sense. The idea is to keep off the stuff for a couple days, remember?