I haven’t been writing here, but the truth is I haven’t been writing anywhere. After the public launch of micro.blog, I had basically moved to that service for all my online social needs, but in the end I didn’t need a better social network, I needed no social network. I enjoyed the “just-like-early-Twitter” banter that took place on micro.blog, but I didn’t need it and the more we study social media, the more it becomes apparent that we shouldn’t need it nor should we force ourselves to be a part of a conversation about which we care little.
That’s unfair. I cared about the conversations, but like any addictive substance, I learned the best way for me to kick the habit was to get rid of my access to it altogether.
So let’s just get this out of the way: the big names in social media are all terrible companies. The worst part about that statement is the fact that I do not have to name them; you all know the companies I am referring to. I have started to systematically delete those accounts. Meanwhile, you shouldn’t care. These decisions are always about highly-personal cost-value propositions. Does this service provide enough value to you to deal with the issues that are apparent in your use of them? If the answer is yes, fine. If the answer is no, don’t keep accounts out of some misplaced loyalty or historic precedents or peer pressure; delete them.
Also, don’t tell anyone. Those people who notice and reach out to you, even if just to ask why, are the people to keep in your now more physical social circle.
I really appreciate the recent resurgence of open web technologies; see RSS, email, anything related to micro.blog, and other protocol-based technologies.
So if you’d like to reach out, feel free.
There is no better reason to not do something
There is no better reason to try
There is no better reason to fight
Against tyranny and strife
Removal is often the goal
Removal is often the challenge
Removal is often not enough
To completely fix what hangs in the balance
But it can bring about great change
But it can bring light
But it can bring great joys
In the darkness of the night
And so I live with friction
And so I live with what is hard
And so I live with what I love
But I stay upon my guard