Adulthood carries some interesting side effects. If you thought your attention span was short when you were younger, just wait until you’re older.
Interruptions are the norm. Distractions are everywhere and that makes it more difficult to carve out productive time, me time, thoughtful time. I appreciate an app that helps me focus on the task at hand.
My public tweets stopped a few months ago. Ditto for Facebook. Both are now limited to family and a few close family friends. Why? Too many distractions.
If it wasn’t tweets coming in, it was tweets going out. If it wasn’t me finding a friend, it was a friend finding me.
Add that to all the likes, and follows, and photos, and my social life was purely online, and purely distracting.
So, I’m looking for a way to ease back into the online scene, but with some way to avoid or reduce the minute-by-minute distractions.
My test app this week is Wren. It’s a modestly featured Twitter app that’s low on features, high on focus, easy on the eyes, wallet, and learning curve.
There’s more that’s not there than what’s there, and that’s a good thing.
Wren tweets but doesn’t follow your Twitter timeline, so you’re not distracted by those you follow. It’s outbound only.
You can save drafts, but only three (that’s a shortcoming, not a feature to brag about) at a time.
You can do multiple accounts (one public, one family and friends, one business, for example), but you have to log out and in to do it (that’s a shortcoming, not a feature to brag about).
Wren counts characters and shortens URLs. What else do you need? Whatever it is, you won’t get it in this version. This is an app with purpose and focus, hence the low price and limited features.
Less is more.
That said, what’s would be better is a simple option to create delayed tweets. Oh, how I wish I could find a lean, mean, tweeting machine that sets tweets on a timer or schedule, so I can batch tweets, but everyone will think I’m on Twitter all the time. I’ll pay extra. Otherwise, Wren is quite good, highly usable, and, because it doesn’t follow your Twitter account timeline, far less distracting, therefore, more useful.