Here's hoping that 2019 sees more people act on their new year's resolutions to get off the centralised services like Facebook, Twitter, etc. and move over to the Fediverse. No, not all the problems are solved here, but they feel far more solvable.
Off Tumblr, LinkedIn FB, and many others over the course of 2017 and 2018, though not yet away from Twitter, but am trending in that direction in the new year. Then the BIG one... Google.
Burning a huge heap of old documents from the file boxes in the back garden was the high point of today. Old college loan docs, work letters from jobs long gone, receipts for crap I got rid of or lost years ago, bank records from closed accounts. It's life's detritus. Now smoke and ash. I feel lighter.
So, this is my signal word for when I want to shout something but am also conscious that I probably shouldn't post it on the web.
I also really find "rediscover the day" prompts in Google photos incredibly annoying. Have just disabled it, but it was one of those weird naggy things where you just get in the habit of swiping it off and then forgetting about it until the next day. When I reminisce, I want to be in the mood for it. There's something kind of weird about random pokes from some AI arbitrarily telling you what to revisit from your past.
Why aren't you on Facebook?
Often I cite something horrible that's in the public domain to answer this question: the data leaks, the hyper commodification of personal information, bad corporate citizenship and bla bla. But it's actually the manufactured dramas and bad hot takes from people I want to think better of, the flame wars over who friends whom and what they say. If Facebook taught me anything, it's that I want less from people. I want to compartmentalise what I have to know about them.
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