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No more shouting at the wind: why I deleted social media from my phone

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In the early days of social media, we jumped from one network to the next. What was once new hotness became old and busted (I’m keeping it 2018 with my Men in Black reference), and we moved on to the next one. From Myspace to Friendster to Facebook to Twitter, and probably a bunch of other ones I’ve forgotten. Social media has now been around for a while now. Then, as platforms evolved and and we settled in to The New Normal of Facebook Twitter and Instagram (oh Google Plus, you hang in there!), I’ve tried to engage, but it hasn’t gone so well.

On a personal level, Facebook is the official website of finding out which of your old friends from high school are racist, open to living under a fascist dictatorship (“We should postpone the next election until all the illegal voting stops!”) and can’t seem to make an inference (“I know this story sounds far-fetched, but the website my new friend Sergei linked to looks so real!”) as well as what they had for dinner last night. Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Before Mark Zuckerberg had to testify in front of Congress because a foreign intelligence agency used his business to muck with American democracy, the folks at Facebook development realize they could track us (and gather information for its advertising platform) much better with an app rather than the simple convenience of a mobile site, so Facebook started asking you download the messenger app, the Facebook app and whatever the hell else. For some reason, the fact that I could simply switch to desktop mode on my phone’s mobile browser and circumvent their nonsense really annoyed me, and my minimal use a Facebook dwindled to non-existent.

Yes, the photos of people’s dinner got old quickly, but that was a far cry compared with what was to come. You know what I’m talking about: the negative behavior feedback loops, the tracking, the fake news story links, the advertising, and so on. And Facebook’s not the only one.

In terms of user experience and content, I do like Twitter. Lots of easily digestible content from interesting people. For some reason, it doesn’t seem like a lot of people I grew up with are on Twitter, so there’s no pressure to like Little Johnny’s video of his ceremony celebrating moving from green belt to brown belt, “I made a pie FROM SCRATCH!” and that sort of thing. But I find that Twitter has all the same problems as Facebook with a lot more stranger danger. I’m nobody, this website’s reach is bodaciously a small, so I don’t think that has anything to do with the way people treat me on Twitter, and yeah, it’s not exactly great. The interaction is fine with people I know, but man, strangers will just let you have it and they don’t care if they’re right. Of course, you’ve also got your bots and trolls (particularly the ones employed by governments) also muddying up the waters . I don’t need to get yelled at by some stranger – whether he’s in idiot, a program or a foreign intelligence agent, I just don’t have time for this. My threshold for news and entertainment just got higher and my Twitter use dwindled.

Instagram seemed like the answer. I like taking pictures, I like looking at pictures and the fact that you can view and share them electronically means there’s no hard copy to produce and store. This seemed like the perfect option for me, but again, I just got bored with the content and annoyed with my own photos. I started to feel like I was taking pictures for Instagram instead of myself and that was the end of that.

App deleted.

Initially, I thought this was just me on another quest to find a social media network that fit. I left Facebook for Twitter and then Twitter for Instagram, but then wandered back to Twitter. Just the other day, somebody responded to an innocuous reply with the usual vitriolic nonsense and I was fed up. I deleted the Twitter app and haven’t looked back.

In the end, I didn’t delete any of my social media accounts, I just stopped using them and deleted the links and apps from my phone. This website automatically drops notifications for each post, so since I don’t have to post anything manually, that will continue, but that’s pretty much it. Social networking can be a valuable Communications tool and a lot of fun for many, but right now, it seems like it’s more trouble than it’s worth in every possible sense – at least for me. There’s the many sins these companies have committed, a lack of interesting content and the fact that it seems as though there is little going on to change this other than the costly Facebook apology commercial airing on cable television.

Why I’m NOT Seeing #JusticeLeague

Here’s the new episode of Quick Reviews, a quick essay on why I decided not to see Justice League in the theater. Warner Bros doesn’t want you to see it – they blocked it from YouTube – it’s the only episode that’s ever been blocked! First, they dropped a copyright claim, which, while ridiculous (reviews and essays are clearly covered by Fair Use and the video is less than six minutes long and doesn’t center around any one of their films, so it can’t be a footage issue) at least makes sense because YouTube policy allows them to collect ad revenue from said video (which is also dumb because I just don’t have much of an audience), but then they blocked the video entirely – probably because of my negative review of the DCEU.

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Facebook: The Official Site of Finding Out Which of Your High School Friends are Racist and/or Crazy

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This is the best thing ever.

Oh Facebook, you’ve taught me so much over the years.  I suppose the most treasured lesson is the revelation that former acquaintances have taken the proverbial long walk off the short mental pier.  Read the rest of this entry

1 Reason the Republicans are in trouble (GOP Debate)

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If you watched the Fox News/Facebook GOP Presidential Debate, you heard more of the same:  the GOP believes that the Federal Government has no place in determining the public school curriculum but does want to regulate women’s reproductive health issues. That sort of thing.  Then there’s the Donald Trump/Megyn Kelly stuff… not surprising.  (Clearly, FOX had an agenda in the debate and boy did Trump take the bait!)  But none of this stuff is surprising.  Neither is the Facebook question above – but it is a big problem for the GOP.  I shall explain!  Read the rest of this entry

Every time I log in to Facebook, I think of Demetri Martin

Every time I log in to Facebook, most of the posts make me think of that graph Demetri Martin showed on his now defunct Comedy Central show.

Anyway, wasn’t Important Things with Demetri Martin an awesome show? No idea why it didn’t get picked up for a third season… Well, it probably didn’t make money. What other reason could there be? That show was awesome!

Thanks for 1000 Likes!

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Thanks so much to everyone for visiting the site, hitting the like button, rating posts, dropping comments, following on Facebook, Twitter and WordPress – all that jazz! It may sound  silly, but I greatly appreciate it. Just knowing that people are out there reading the stuff and watching the videos…  It’s great. I can’t verbalize what it means to me, but I did want to take a sec to say thanks.
You folks rock!

A Facebook user takes the high road

There’s nothing quite like a Facebook vent, is there?

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Any car owner knows that eventually, something bad is going to happen to your car.   That’s life. It’s frustrating.   And venting is a good thing -it’s good to let it out…  But maybe everyone should be more careful of what they let out where.

“Hi, I’m your Facebook Friend, and it’s Awful!”

facebookI’m fairly good at avoiding Facebook.  This is an essential part of my life because I’m anti social and loving it.  Sure, I’m comfortable with going to restaurants, the movies and what not, but talking to strangers?  That would be CRAZY.  Also, everyone out there seems to be inferior to Dr. Girlfriend, and I’m just not good with disappointment.

Still, I use Facebook (and other social media) to support the site (“Like CreativeJamie.com on Facebook!  Get immediate updates for each new post, site news and more!  Like CreativeJamie.com on Facebook!) and I will look in from time to time to see what my ‘friends’ are posting in the news feed.  I need to stop doing that. Read the rest of this entry

Perhaps the best ad I’ve ever seen on Facebook

Those ads on the right side of Facebook sure are… I dunno, ineffective? The ones I notice are always politically driven and nowhere close to my own political ideologies… that is, until the one I saw today.

You may have once heard that Donation was the greatest nation on earth. That may not be wrong, but it should be pointed out that not only does this ad promise to pay those that donate sperm, but the ‘Got Sperm?’ slogan along with the sperm as the question mark is positively genius! (Have to wonder if the ‘Got Milk?’ guy is pissed, though.) I bet this ad does well from an ROI perspective.

 

Stop asking me to sign in to Facebook or Twitter for EVERYTHING!

facebookI am completely and totally sick of every single website on the internet asking me to sign in to my Facebook or Twitter account to do the slightest thing.  I can’t even sign a petition concerning animal rights without being prompted to log in to a stupid social network I don’t even know why I still belong to in the first place.  (cough-marketing this websitecough)  The simplest of operations now requires a linking of databases, accounts, usernames and who the hell knows what… it’s ridiculous.  I just want to take care of my business quickly and efficiently (which is the single greatest advantage the internet has over traditional means), and it shouldn’t require a satellite hook up!  I don’t want to share every damn thing or give these networks additional information for them to continually quantify the advertisements they post in face.

Grrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

A Day On Facebook

facebookAs someone who just posts the latest blog entries from this site on Facebook and does little else, the concept is a bit of a mystery to me.  I took a look at what was posted at a random time on a random day so I could share a sample of what I came across and how I felt about it.  The names have been removed to protect the innocent and although my intention was not to offend anyone, feel free to curse me out in the comments – although this will expose you as one of the status updatees.


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Shameless Afternoon Self Promotion

It’s been crazy around here at CreativeJamie.com – yesterday was the website’s busies day in terms of views – 303! That tops the old standard busiest day ever by… a lot. I think it used to be 178, until that got crushed last week and every day since. Yesterday was the first day the site broke 300 page views. Hardcore! Read the rest of this entry

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