Cold Turkey: Day 2

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:

  1. Bostonupdate – for local news
  2. Globebiz – for local business news
  3. 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.


    • Kieran on October 19, 2010 at 3:23 am

    You brought this on yourself!

    Seriously though, have there been any benefits?

  1. TBD Kieran, to soon to call. Thanks for the comment!

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