I've lately been interested in how some of the names-you-know in social media have blown up their digital presences in order to refocus, retrench, or reinvent their online identities.
- Leah Jones has tweeted her last as @leahjones is now @chicagoleah on Twitter. She explains the move over at the Natiiv blog.
- My colleague Steve Rubel stopped blogging and started "lifestreaming."
- Going back further, I remember when people made a ridiculously big deal out of when Hugh McLeod killed (and later resurrected) his Twitter account.
Me? I just kind of got sick of dragging around my technology choices of 2001. In any event, I was already running two blogs on TypePad. Mostly, though, the old blog represented a "me" from a long time ago and starting Where the Fishermen Ain't was a good way to make a clean break.
All of this is so much more than the nauseating "[x] is dead and [y] killed it" eyeroll-generating crud that many in the social media sphere use as onanistic linkbait. Look forward to more people blowing up their online pasts, for whatever reason, to participate anew.