I've been considering ways that I can become more minimalist in my virtual/digital possessions and interactions. Here are ways that I have already gone minimal in this regard:
1. No Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus, etc... - I really dislike it. Email and direct phone are the ways I try to stay in touch and share photos, etc. with people I can't see face to face as often as I want. I do have a Linked In profile for business, but since I never use it I'm considering deleting this account too. The only reason I haven't so far is that I have 17 recommendations for my work from a variety of colleagues and former business partners and I am hanging onto the delusion that I will need this someday.
2. I have nothing on my desktop of my laptop(s). The screen is blank and there are no random icons there.
3. I have no number three, actually. I thought I did, but apparently I need more work in this area. I was going to talk about how organized I am with keeping photos and documents labeled and keeping my browser cache cleaned up and utilizing frequent anti-virus scans, and how many books I have on Kindle instead of hard copy and music on my computer instead of on CD, etc... but this is NOT minimalism... it's organizing/de-cluttering and it's often easy to get the two confused. The only way I can tell the difference is that when I practice minimalism, I don't have to repeat the process six months later when everything is out of place again. LOL
Ways I need help (oh, let me count the ways!!):
1. I need help with my music collection and letting go of it. I don't use it. i have a subscription to Pandora One and while I can't pull up a song that I want, I can get the kind of music I want commercial free at any time. And I can count the number of times I've searched for a song that I owned on my hard drive in the last decade without a single finger. Zero.
2. Same goes for photos. I have way more than I will ever need or want to review again. I'd like to keep track of some of them, but I really don't need ten different angles of Mr. Moo in his new outfit cluttering up the photo files. I sure as heck don't need photos of things I gave away or sold on Craigslist after they have been posted and are long gone, nor do I need clip art or other images from the web that I've already used and no longer need to use.
3. Documents. I do NOT need school papers that I wrote five years ago in subjects not pertaining to my specific field of interest. And I don't need most of the ones that do because they are not specific enough to my sub-field. I just don't. And I certainly don't need PDF files of certain web pages that are likely to be around the next time I need to look at them anyway... and I definitely don't need more than half the crap people send me to edit (their papers, resumes, poems, etc.)
4. Extraneous programs... I really, really need to clean up my program file. I have way too much that I don't use in there.
5. Junk mail. Once again, I need to quit deleting junk before unsubscribing to it and/or use the spam filter better on my email. I really need to take advantage of the Gmail feature to forward my Yahoo to my Gmail account. I wish I didn't have to have two emails, but I prefer Gmail and I can't access Freecycle to donate stuff without having a Yahoo account.
How about you? How do you keep your digital/virtual life minimalist? Where can you use some help or inspiration?