We’re All going on a Twitter Holiday

Twitter Holiday

So, the time has come where I’ve finally been “overloaded” by Twitter on many levels.

This is not a bad thing, it’s just a thing… So as a result, surprise, surprise: I’ll be going on a Twitter Holiday (not really with Sir Cliff Richard ;) for a number of reasons:

  • A real Holiday has actually “emerged” in my life – I’ve finished a contract and:
    • An Aussie Mate will be visiting us for a while
    • We’re going to Seville in Spain for a while with our US relations (one of whom speaks Spanish because she works at a community library in US)
    • I’m catching up with an Aussie Uni Buddy and his new “girlfriend” (sounds strange as we’re both getting near 50 ;) in France
  • DailyRiczWest is dead! As I recently tweeted, I was going to do a lot more with that, but now that Twitter killed ifttt.com, I can’t really be bothered, for the moment… Anyone who knows or has worked with me, should know that I can be a stubborn, sneaky and clever bastard, capable of working around the most entrenched and stubborn systems. Needless to say, Twitter have handed me a challenge which I thank them for – Namaste’ :-)
  • I’m getting tired of the “cognitive constraints” of 140 chars! But as a result of those chars, I want to start  blogging more – around the 1,400 char point – concise, yet clearly explained
  • I love the twitter debates, but I want to get personal! Again, this is more a reference to the restrictions of twitter – I’m quite happy to email people. I could Skype them, or even maybe meet them F2F! Not Tweeting will inspire me to progress some relationships…
  • I’ve just finished up “handover” for another contract and in that way, this feels like a natural extension of that, as I’m kind of doing a handover of my experience on Twitter
  • We’re (ie my wife and I) are going through an incredible period of change – moving from the most amazingly toxic street, where we lived (foolishly) for two years to a most amazingly positive one in a totally new county! This takes time to integrate…

Finally, and probably most importantly, I’m just over-filled with Twitter Information and People!

I mean this in a totally positive way. I have formed relationships which will be developed and have been exposed to so many very smart and aware people, that I’ve yet to catch up with. And therein lies the problem – I can’t catch up with them by reading their tweets! I’ll meet some of them and read much material by them or recommended by them…

Another way to put it is that I need some reflection time from the firehose. During the past (really year or so as although I “joined” in 2009, I didn’t do much for a year or so…) I have gathered just so much information!

  • 4,444 tweets, probably a lot of which are links to articles
  • A lot (~1k?) of favourites, which I used when Twitter weren’t API Fascists to dump to text files
  • Other information related to tweets, which I have traced and tweeted

Probably, more importantly, I have formed what I feel are real connections with people – sharing my highs & lows. Having arguments, disagreements and agreements (mostly :) whom I’d like to acknowledge and encourage you to check out and maybe follow:

  • Jennifer Sertl @JenniferSertl – We just connect! I’m looking forward to meeting her some day (probably at CultureCon London 2013 :) Oh – what does she do? Strategy, Leadership and the Soul: Resilience, Responsiveness and Reflection for a Global Economy – we obviously need people like her!
  • Bob Marshall @flowchainsensei – sometimes we think the same, sometimes different. I like challenging him and having a good ‘ol discussion / debate / duke out (:) – hopefully catch up F2F @ XTC…
  • My Anonymous Friend who would probably have to kill you if you knew who he was ;-) We have so many good discussions that are not on Twitter, but should be, even if in censored form or relayed via me… You obviously know who you are – and who everyone else is ;-)
  • Alex Ley @AlexEvade – worked with him for a bit – you should check out his latest project : http://www.nerdability.com
  • tom_gall @tom_gall – Originally followed because he had a NeXT logo as his avatar – must admit I’m a bit dissapointed that it’s still not that, but he’s definitely worth following…
  • Tony DaSilva @Bulldozer0 – always great stuff – we like Control Theory ;-)
  • Andrea Chiou @andreachiou – puppy person and GREAT agilist
  • Jim Benson @ourfounder – do I really need to introduce him? no…
  • Scott Amber @scottwambler – do I really need to introduce him? no…
  • Grady Booch @Grady_Booch – do I really need to introduce him? no…
  • Ron Jeffries @RonJeffries – Never really been able to figure out who this guy is ;-) …
  • Peter Vander Auwera @petervan – I call him “The Banker”. But I mean that in a positive way – many good tweets
  • Tom Graves @tetradian – strangely enough, I have never really “twalked” with him. Probably because we think quite closely on the issues he tweets about
  • Ben Wilcock @benbravo73 – a “SOA Thinker” – Never met, but I found out about him when I worked at Glue / Reply. Good tweets
  • Ruth Malan @ruthmalan – now that Tom Gall has forsaken his NeXT Avatar, Ruth now has the best One!- we’re pretty aligned…
  • Phil Nash @phil_nash – met @ XTC – does interesting stuff
  • Dave Snowden @snowded– do I really need to introduce him? no, yes? I’ve only recently “really discovered” him, and he makes so much sense!
  • Byron Conway @aricochet – Recoveering Scientist – tweets some very broad and amazing stuff
  • Dan Mezick @DanMezick – was introduced recently – the man behind #CultureCon2012 and hopefully the one also behind #CultureCon 2013 which will be in London!
  • John Wenger @JohnQShift – hmm… hard to describe – just follow him! :-)
  • Bernd Nurnberger @CoCreatr – recently found out about him via #CultureCon2012 and an all-round interesting guy
  • Paul Klipp @agileactivist – Heard of Kanbanery? he’s that, and a lot more, including the ACE Conference, which I’ll be going to next year
  • Chris Ford @ctford – Saw him at a London Clojurians meeting. Music, Clojure – what’s not to like about this guy?
  • Ari-Pekka Skarp @apskarp – A mysterious Finn. But then again, which Finn’s aren’t mysterious? ;-)
  • Dave O’Hara @David_A_Ohara – hey – I’ve worked with Dave and he’s brilliant – you’ll be lucky if he starts blogging one day about what he really does – apart from check in to locations and listen to music ;-)
  • Richard Veryard @richardveryard – met at BCS event, works for CBDI and has some interesting EA stuff to say
  • Mark Pesce @mpesce – do I really need to introduce him? no? yes? Apparently has some sort of Secret Project – I suppose we’ll find out about it some time…
  • Ross Dawson @rossdawson – futurist and maker of many cool diagrams…
  • Sleepy Fox @sleepyfox – met at XTC – again, interesting
  • Sit At The Table @SitAtTheTable – so go sit at the table with her! ;-)
  • Rasperry Pi @Raspberry_Pi – do I really need to introduce them? NO! Yes, they are the one and ONLY – follow them if you don’t already…
  • Marcus du Sautoy @MarcusduSautoy – do I really need to introduce him? Yes? OK, if you’re outside of the UK, this guy is a maths legend…

Finally, to repeat my BlogRoll, here’s some blogs you may want to follow (that are not already mentioned above) :

So does that mean I’m disconnecting myself from the world? Hell NO! I’ll be going to XTC’s when I can. Probably also London Clojurians if timing is OK, ACE next year and any other things that are bought to my attention…

Finally, so you want to contact me? The best bet is to LinkIn with me at http://www.linkedin.com/in/rwest. From there, we can work to email / phone / video … – whatever is necessary…

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