I can’t agree more:

Social media is as compelling as ever, but people are increasingly souring on the surveillance state Skinner boxes like Facebook and Twitter. Decentralized media like blogs and newsletters are looking better and better these days…

From kottke.org.

The article has some great sites to add to the RSS reader as well.

I’m buying in to the push away from the behemoths but they still play a role in getting the word out around content.

I like my site. I write it for me, often times as a bit of my exocortex. But if others enjoy it or find value, so much the better. I like the quote Jason has in his piece from someone named Kari:

I also keep it out of spite, because I refuse to let social media take everything. Those shapeless, formless platforms haven’t earned it and don’t deserve it. I’ve blogged about this many times, but I still believe it: When I log into Facebook, I see Facebook. When I visit your blog, I see you.

She wrote it far better than I.

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On June 19, Twitter has said it will be disabling “streaming services,” which is how third-party apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific can stream the timeline and send push notifications. The replacement, the Account Activity API is not available to third-party developers …

From 512pixels.net.

If this plays out the way it seems at the moment, this might not work out the way Twitter hopes it will. This feels like a monetization play.

I know of only one person in my circle who prefers the default Twitter client experience. As “The Most Interesting Man in the World” might say, “I don’t always visit Twitter. But when I do, I prefer Tweetbot.”

The third party developers of Twitter clients Twitterific, Tweetbot, Tallon, and Tweetings have a website on the topic and there’s an associated hashtag campaign. These efforts impacted Twitter’s plans at least to delay implementation.

“Stay tweety, my friends”?

Further reading

From BoingBoing.net:

So please #DeleteFacebook, but then remember that your ISP is the original creeper, and your Congressjerk is probably in their pocket, and make that a midterm election issue. We can’t win all the really important fights — climate, racial justice, sexual and gender justice, inequality — without an internet to organize with, so we must take the net back to secure those other victories.

Setting aside the name calling, this is definitely true in the US. I’m not sure about other countries.

Another strong largely hyperbole free summary from Lawfare including possible legal ramifications.

The Cambridge Analytica-Facebook Debacle: A Legal Primer:

What Happened?

On March 17, the New York Times that Cambridge Analytica, the British data analysis firm with ties to Robert Mercer and Stephen K. Bannon and that was hired by the Trump campaign, “harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission.” This set off a firestorm in the U.S. and the U.K. as regulators announced they would get to the bottom of what went wrong. Sen. Ron Wyden asked Facebook a . Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey into the matter, followed by the . And the U.K.’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said she would . This in turn —down nearly 7 percent by the market’s close on Monday, March 19 and down nearly another two points on Tuesday, March 20. On Monday night, the New York Times revealed that Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, is after much internal disagreement with the way the firm handled concerns about misinformation in the 2016 elections.

(Via Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices)

Enjoy!

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El entierro by Francisco Proaño

I want to start by clearly stating that I am not “rage quitting” my social media. I am reducing my footprint and reliance on them. To that end …

I removed the share buttons for social media from my site. I do not like how they call home even if you chose not to share my post. It’s rude. And the buttons row on my posts is ugly. I might reverse my decision at any point.

I removed the automatic post sharing on social media. Blasting my posts across the Social Media with no tailoring is inconsiderate at best. While all my written gems are exactly that, it is not my place – after this post – to demand your attention on every utterance. I might reverse my decision at any point.

How will I follow your crazy shenanigans“, you ask?

The best way to track my site is to subscribe to the full text RSS feed.If you’re not interested in every one of my whims, each category has its own RSS feed as well. If you’re my parents and siblings, your email updates will not change.

If you, Dear Reader, would like an email newsletter of some kind, please leave a comment on this post to let me know.

Another note for the more technically interested in website hosting, I am playing with removing CloudFlare from my site. I experienced odd behaviors I thought my CDN caused. Turns out that my site was no longer redirecting to the HTTPS page, maybe due to the service.

In other news, all requests are once again going to the HTTPS version of my site. I don’t know when, why, or how my old .htaccess file changed, but it is again serving up the correct version of my site.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please leave a comment on this post.

Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts – New York Times http://nzzl.us/KaArKUp via @nuzzel

More than a million followers have disappeared from the accounts of dozens of prominent Twitter users in recent days

My silent millions of followers and the hundreds of visible followers are too savvy to be caught in this. They are my rock.

https://qz.com/1184593/check-your-email-to-see-if-you-got-duped-by-a-russian-twitter-bot-during-the-us-2016-election/

Seriously, if your vote teetered on the edge and only random Social Media accounts could push you one way or another … you need to retake high school civics &| be brave enough to ask a trusted friend for help.