It feels like summer now, but the equinox doesn’t care when Memorial Day is, so we can go by the calendar year.

That makes it a good time to share a couple of ideas I’ve had lately about spring cleaning, and I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Pocket Zero

I’ve read a lot about “inbox zero” but not much about “Pocket zero.”

A couple of weekends ago, I finally overcame my fear of going through my collection in Pocket, the tool where you can save bookmarks to read later.

Pocket, for me, is the “Hotel California” of apps. You can check out your bookmarks anytime you want, but they can never leave.

I return to the links occasionally, but it’s been a few years since I tried to sort them and pare them down.

That means they span the pandemic.

They span spending years as a consultant and then landing a full-time job.

They span all these fits and starts building the Serial Marketers community.

They span eclectic ideas about what I felt like watching or eating.

There were the perfect ways to brown ground meat (add baking soda before frying), reheat pizza (in a cast iron pan), and make grilled cheese (use a mix of mayo and butter) – all via Kitchn. Also, there’s the perfect drink to order at NYC cocktail bars (try the Sumac at Mace).

There were a lot of AI-powered writing tools. One that I’ll share thoughts on soon here is OpenAI which can be coaxed to deliver surprisingly strong content ideas and outlines. I also rediscovered, thanks to the Pocket archives, that “thanks” is a better way to end an email than “best” or other options.

What’s new now for me is that for ongoing lists, like shows I want to watch or NYC experiences I want to check out, I now have Asana boards which are better for categorized groups.

I don’t need to set a deadline for those Asana tasks though. Those lists are there for when I need them.

Throwing away my shots

I started to realize that there were a lot of acquaintances on Instagram who I wasn’t interested in following regularly, and since many are prolific posters, they crowded out a lot of friends’ updates that I wanted to see.

These people tended not to follow me; I probably found them on lists of recommended people to follow and kept adding more when I was building my Instagram presence.

To help get my feed in order, I started using an app called Reports: Followers Tracker for Instagram.

It gives you some data about who you’re following and who’s following you, and anything I’ve needed in the app is available for free.

The “don’t follow me back” tab in Followers Tracker proved the most useful. Why was I spending so much time scrolling through posts of others who never saw mine?

On Twitter, it’s different. I go there more for news, current events, marketing tidbits, and non-stop updates on how historically good this year’s Mets are. There’s professional stalking involved.

Instagram, for me, has become way more personal in terms of the updates I enjoy scrolling through. For me, it has mostly replaced Facebook in terms of prioritizing reciprocal connections.

This of course doesn’t apply to brands. I will follow King Arthur Baking, Sprinkles Cupcakes, the US Department of the Interior, the TSA, and some accounts not run by bakers or federal agents. I want all of the baked goods and all of the crazy things people try to carry on planes.

These branded accounts don’t need to know who I am, and I’d rather the TSA not notice someone named David Berkowitz is following them.

On the personal level though, it was telling to see who wasn’t a follower. Many had barely used Instagram or stopped years ago. Some were former coworkers who probably once followed me as a courtesy when we were working together. Some were influencers who had long since stopped influencing me, and I clearly had no influence over them.

Yes, it feels petty on one level to unfollow a number of non-followers and to mute some accounts I should diplomatically follow (mom, don’t worry, I didn’t mute you – yet).

But it’s the pruning that makes Instagram come alive for me again, seeing more of the people I care about and getting deeper into their worlds.


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