Too many messages!

I am in a quandary about my communications. I use so many apps and services!

Currently I have accounts for, and can interact with individuals using, the following methods…..

  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Email – four different accounts
  • Telegram
  • WhatsApp
  • Google Hangouts
  • Google Groups
  • Google Meet
  • Skype
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • WordPress
  • Teamwork Chat
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Signal
  • SMS
  • Oh, and I can also have a phone that can be called!

Twitter and LinkedIn are generally pretty useful for business use, so I can see how they should stay in my communications app list. As with the various email accounts. I like things to be compartmentalised rather than all lumped into one place, so keeping the email accounts for different uses makes sense to me.

The rest of them just frustrate me. Until recently, I rarely used WhatsApp, Skype, Slack, Teamwork Chat or Facebook Messenger. The organising team of FOSS4GUKOnline 2020 used WhatsApp to help with the planning and delivery of the conference. I have to say that it worked pretty well. My running club has also moved to using WhatsApp a bit more to create teams for various virtual races during the pandemic. Again, it seems to work OK. I’ve not used Skype in ages, Slack I’ve never really understood and I can’t convince anyone else to use Teamwork.

I want to remove as much of Facebook from my life as possible, as well as consolidating my communication channels, so am thinking of making a stand and removing WhatsApp. Signal seems like a good, open alternative, but as ever with social apps it has far fewer of my contacts using it than WhatsApp. Still, I think it’s time to make a stand if I can and work by the rules I set myself. FB Messenger has already been removed from my mobile devices and my FB account is likely to get hibernated if not deleted. Some of the other accounts will be removed or archived, and others will only be used for specific use cases.

The lock down has taught us to value a slower, less intense way of life, and managing my communications platforms better can help extend that.

Rest assured though, if you need to get in touch with me there are still quite a few options!