No, I’m not talking politics. Well, not exactly anyway. Like many of you, I’ve been disturbed by the actions of certain social media platforms over the last year or more. Platforms like FB and Twitter started silencing a number of voices, not only through bans but through shadow banning. FB has throttled posts that contain links off-site in the OP. As a writer, that’s the kiss of death because it means we can’t link our work or our blog posts in the top post of a thread. And, let’s face it, when looking at these platforms on our phones and tablets, we often don’t open the thread up to see the comments. So I needed to look at different platforms.
The first thing you have to understand is I hate social media. It is too easy to fall into the trap of reading “just one more post”. Then there’s the fact it takes time away from writing. Once upon a time, I could publish a post here and it would automatically be linked on both Twitter and FB. For whatever reason, Facebook didn’t like that and killed that capability. So now I have to take the time to link the post by either going to FB or opening the post itself here on the blog and using a share button. It doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up.
The second thing you need to know is that much as I detest FB for the way it does throttle down traffic and, let’s face it, tries to censor voices it doesn’t agree with (coff-conservative–coff), I can’t just close down that account. It is still the go-to for that sort of social media platform. But there’s another reason I don’t want to completely leave it. As a good friend said the other day, she’s not completely leaving FB for any of the alternatives because she doesn’t want to live in an echo chamber. I agree. Echo chambers might be nice becuase you don’t have to deal with those who don’t agree with you, but they are dangerous as well. We need to know what those who don’t always agree with us think–and why they think it. If we don’t, how do we counter their arguments? More importantly, what if they have something to say that we might learn from?
Anyway, I don’t want to get into politics here. If I do, I’ll be here all day. Instead, Over the next week or so, you’ll be seeing links added to the site here to my “new” (okay, I’ve been there for a bit but haven’t paid any attention to it) account on MeWe. I’ve also set up an account on Parler. I’m looking at a couple of others.
I am also taking a deep dive into my Goodreads account. I’ve been remiss there for a number of reasons. But that is mainly because it is too close to a social media platform and, remember, I hate them, I do.
All this means finding ways, easy ways, to share my posts here to the new platforms. I already have the blog set up for a share button to MeWe. I just need to figure out how to make it more easily found. Parler isn’t in the list of sharable locations–so that means making sure the widget is up to date and, if it is, finding another widget that will take care of sharing.
So here’s what I’d like from you guys. What other social media platforms are you active on that you think I need to look at? Thanks. Now it’s time for me to get back to work.