I'm gonna add my tuppence to the idea of the internet purge started, as usual, by Alex Day.
But this isn't really directed at him. I know Alex quite well and as such I'm pretty much unshockable with regards to these things that he does... And if you want my opinion on what in his brain makes him do them we'll be here all day.
I'm going to look at it the other way... From the purger's perspective.
A brief mention of non youtube sites - twitter I would never delete because it's too useful as a promotional tool. I might unfollow a few people, but more likely I'll just miss some updates from everyone. Twitter is very in the now... If I don't see something within the first half hour it's off the first page. Now I could track back and make sure I see everything, but there's no need. I'll just look at the first page and my @replies... If something is important then it will be replied to me or sent via a different medium.
Dailybooth has no real use, but it doesn't take up much time either, and I do like having my latest picture here on my blog... That's kinda replaced the in-blog pictures I had for a while. So while I've given up taking pictures daily (though I never really intended to see it through) I'm keeping it for now.
Facebook is my only private website. Everything else I accept everyone to, but it's pretty much the only link I have to a lot of old friends. I doubt I'll ever delete it, even if I stop using it.
Myspace is basically essential for a band. I only go on there to accept friends requests and answer stuff, but I can't get rid of it.
Ok, so youtube. I used to watch every video in my sub box. I don't anymore... So I suppose I do have too many subscriptions and I may cut them back. But for me there are two types of subscription... There are those that are purely for entertainment. Channels like 'College Humour' which I watch because it's funny - I don't know them, I don't communicate with them, it may as well be on TV. I could get rid of these channels as easily as I could stop watching TV (Heroes and 24 aside - pretty easy!)
The other type of subscription would be those channels that belong to friends. This is different, because although I do get a similar enjoyment out of the videos (and when it comes to youtube friends I almost inevitably do enjoy their videos, as you tend to start talking to people because of that), I also care about their videos. Whether they're talking about something that's important to them, or showing their latest creation, be it song/artwork/whatever... I want to know because it's a friend.
Little side note example: I lived in Liverpool for three years. During this time I lived with a few people who were part of a band. Over the three years I went to literally hundreds of their gigs. This could be considered a huge waste of time... Imagine the hours I clocked up listening to them play, the things I could have done in all that time! If I'd used it to work and revise I'd easily have first class degree right now. But I definitely wouldn't be as close to them, and I wouldn't even know a lot of people who I now consider friends. I'll take that and a 2.1 any day!
Now, they aren't total bastards. If I hadn't gone to a single gig they wouldn't have denied me friendship... It's just as they were friends I wanted to go and support them (and have fun, make no mistake I loved every minute) and so we became closer friends due to spending more time together and because of the fact that I cared about them. It works both ways obviously - they were supportive of me, hell I practically became part of their family I was round their house so much.. I had a toothbrush there!
The point is part of friendship is supporting people in whatever it is they do. It's not necessary, but it brings people closer. So, there are some people whose videos I could not stop watching because I consider them friends and that is their creative outlet. If I can't give them a couple of minutes every week or two then then that friendship obviously isn't worth very much to me.
There, that's what I think. Please note as I said at the beginning, this isn't about Alex - this is how I feel about it as a possible purger, I know Alex thinks differently and that's fine. My only problem with his purge is that I probably won't be in contact with him much any more... I don't really think to email people and that's pretty much the only option left.
If you have any thoughts feel free to share.