Separation

About two weeks ago, I decided that Facebook and I have to part. Now I didn’t want to give up my photography page (which requires an “admin account” connected to it, which has to be a personal account) so I’ve begun restricting myself to logging in only 2-3 times per week to see if there’s any comments and questions on the photography page – but otherwise, just leave it alone. Don’t read the Newsfeed, don’t “like” stuff, don’t pay attention to any of it.More

Weird meeting

Yesterday while walking Toni, I ran into a friend’s wife, two kids and dog. They walked out from a nearby nature preserve as I was walking in – and I said a polite “Hello” as I would say it to a stranger, but didn’t stop to chat with them, because that would have been creepy.More

My dear friends on Facebook

My dear friends, I log on to Facebook to connect with you on a personal level, and not to get exposed to yet more political crap that I already get plenty of when I watch the news. Please, do your friends a favor, make your and my social feed better – and just cut it.

Even if your post is marked “Public”, the ones who’ll see it first are your friends on Facebook – please think about that. Isn’t it just very, very likely that they share your political convictions anyway? Why bother them with more of the same? It’s just white noise, and it doesn’t change anything.

From today on, I’ll be unfollowing friends who post or share too much political stuff. No one cares about yet more commentary about how bad Trump is or will be, Hillary is or will be, their pick for vice president is or will be, how awesome Bernie would have been, and so on, and so on.

You’re in an echo chamber, and you’re only going to hear more of the same. Or do you really think that you’re going to change anyone’s opinion and political conviction with your commentary, on a social network? 😀

Leave that thing alone

I recently re-joined Instagram. That wouldn’t really be worth writing about because there’s probably hundreds of people who join the service every day. But some readers may remember my announcement that I wouldn’t share these retro-styles phone photos any longer.More

Thanks but no thanks, Facebook

Facebook is making the news for a while now with their artificial limitation of the so-called “organic reach” of a pages’ posts (that’s the amount of people that will see a new post from a page directly in their Facebook Newsfeed). The latest one that I read is this article on Gawker’s ValleyWag. There’s also that article on The Federalist that has an insight into how FB’s Newsfeed algorithm works.More

Automated Newsfeed Spam

Re my “Whatever happened to headphones” post – the Facebook equivalent of this is of course the status update of the “<abc> is listening to <xyz> on <def>” kind… *sigh*

Friendly hint and request: please turn that off. Nobody cares. Post something enjoyable about your kid, your goldfish, your boss, or whatever else instead. Just not what kind of music you just listened to. That’s just boring, automated Newsfeed spam…