Twitter Alternatives

Letting Go

I want to let go of Enriching Zuck or Jack or, now, Musk. (whisper it in your best mindfulness meditation voice: Let goooo of enriching Zuck with your attention on his website. Inhale. Exhale. Bring your attention back to your own web site.)

I’ve been enriching Zuck and Twitter shareholders.

The announcement about intent to purchase  Twitter and take it private gives the opportunity to do what I’ve been meaning to do anyhow (we’ve been meaning to do?): Re-evaluate this place, which is mine, has been sorely neglected, and re-balance attention.

John Scalzi says it well:

I’m not actively contemplating leaving Twitter, but I’ll say that there’s a reason I’ve actively maintained/updated my own site since 1998: Because it’s the one place online where I don’t have to worry about mercurial dudes with too much money fucking things up for me.

I feel attacked. Not by Scalzi, but by my conscience. My higher self. My higher attention self.

In the reaction, some things to consider:

Fill this blog with some of my previous tweets, as back-dated posts.

I tweeted:

Alternatives

WordPress plugins to examine:

There are several, but they have warnings that they haen’t been tested the last 3 versions of WP.

Counter.Social

because it’s time to explore what else is out there.

RunYourOwn.Social

(h/t Anil Dash)

Since August 2018 I have run a social network site called Friend Camp for about 50 of my friends. I think Friend Camp is a really nice place, and my friends seem to agree that it has enriched our lives. I’d like to see more places like Friend Camp on the internet, and this document is my attempt to provide some practical guidance as to how you might run a social network site like this.

I actually already have a domain name that would be perfect for a thing like this.

A DIY Social Network is Good for the people I want to stay connected to, but it won’t substitute for what Twitter’s been great for: Following, reading, and learning from people who don’t look like I do, whose lives have been sorely impacted by white supremacy, and whom I need to learn from without imposing further burdens upon them to not only deal with impact of white supremacy, but also the added labor of teaching white people like me all about it.

That’s it for now. Gotta get comfortable with short blog-length bursts.