rone: (simian)

Yes, indeed, it's a new year's resolution ("dear journal, i never thought this would happen to me...").  Reasons follow:

  • It's a distraction.  This is gonna be the year i improve my focus and discipline.  Twitter actively harms that goal.
  • It's full of garbage.  It's easy to be a shitbag when you only have 140 characters.  It's easy to pass for a shitbag because 140 characters often isn't enough to convey nuance.  The brevity of the medium combined with the instant gratification leads to all manner of reflexive, lazy expression.  It's basically a shared network of comments sections.  I don't need that agita in my life.
  • It enables abuse. Twitter doesn't give a shit about controlling actual, verifiable abuse (as opposed to garden-variety invective).  In addition, there are scads of profiles that have pictures of pretty young women, share the same trite bios, post the same trite things, and have done so for years, and you'd think this sort of thing should be easily detectable, so either Twitter knows and does nothing, or doesn't know because they're don't care to know.  In sum, they're useless when it comes to keeping a house clean of filth.
So what am i going to do with the free-floating invective that needs to be blurted out onto the interwebs?  I'd tried to spare this site of it because i wanted to write longer-form stuff here, but i'm clearly not doing that now.  So i'll start using this more.  Facebook is probably also going to get severely curtailed at some point, but that's more complicated.  Google+ is fairly high-signal and low-traffic, like LJ, so i'll keep that for now, too.  The actual goal will be setting up my own site so that my words aren't going to be held hostage by some faceless corporation (or, in Facebook's case, a face that needs punching).

So there you go, wah wah wah, all the drama you've been craving.  This is being crossposted to Twitter, where i'll pin it for whoever actually reads pinned posts.  I'll probably check DMs there for a while, but really, send me email instead.  If you can't figure out my address, ask.

Date: 2015-12-30 20:16 (UTC)From: [identity profile] cryo.livejournal.com
Hopefully g+ won't get retarded, but given the new interface, it's doomed one way or the other. It is a major distraction, even with LISTS with their own promoted crap and "someone else liked..." which needs to die, and moments which is a disaster no one wants.

Date: 2015-12-30 21:33 (UTC)From: [identity profile] ronebofh.livejournal.com
ext_8707: Taken in front of Carnegie Hall (FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU)
The thing that FB and G+ do where a "like/+1" is effectively the same as a "share" needs to die in a fire along with whomever thought it was a good idea.

Date: 2015-12-31 01:17 (UTC)From: [identity profile] mmcirvin.livejournal.com
At least on G+ you can turn it off on your end, for the +1s you personally do. But you can't turn it off for the people you follow.

Facebook does something far, far worse: a comment is sometimes the same as a share. That alone is responsible for more than half of the crud that endlessly propagates on Facebook.

Date: 2015-12-31 06:14 (UTC)From: [identity profile] ronebofh.livejournal.com
ext_8707: Taken in front of Carnegie Hall (grumpy)
This is why i took my previous default of friends-of-friends visibility to just friends.

Date: 2016-01-03 05:42 (UTC)From: [identity profile] xtingu.livejournal.com
I know I sound like a broken record, but I just wish people would just come the fuck back to LJ. Nothing can replace it, and I find it interesting that people use it to post the more substantive stuff that doesn't fit on Facebook.

When people post here, it gets replies. If we'd all just recommit, we could be done with the Facebook bullshit timesuck friendhate that goes on there. Quality, not quantity, yadda.

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