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So, about that once-a-week thing… Don’t worry though. I figured out a better system for choosing reads for this list and I have a bunch of them all queued up and ready for you.
Unless you completely avoid news, which BTW is really good for your health, you’ve likely seen a lot of news around Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Shortly after it all happened, I was going through my todo list and came upon an item that read, “Request your personal data from Cambridge Analytica. It was from last year. Needless to say, I hadn’t gotten around to checking that todo item off my list.
I deleted my Facebook account today. It’s the second time I’ve done this and I don’t think I’ll be going back. I’m trying to be more focused. Twitter and Tumblr provide so much more value and I’d like to think I contribute back. That’s the power of a social network. I despise everything that Facebook stands for and I need to just be a better friend and family member to those I care about instead of just waiting for them to post something on Facebook.
Great post on how and why Facebook is rendering itself more and more useless by the day. (Also note the fact that photos are ranked as “more important” than text-only posts, one big reason why the whole place looks like a goddamn bumper-sticker factory these days. SORRY FOR LIKING WORDS, MARK ZUCKERJERK.)
A good friend of mine has one of those Twitter lists devoted to people whose tweets he actually wants to read. He checks that, exclusively, instead of his main feed. He does this to avoid the drama of someone getting upset with him IRL because of the perceived slight of an unfollow. Another friend…
In summary: Grow a pair. Don’t be a wuss.
I unfollow people on Twitter and unfriend people on Facebook pretty often. I also have a “short list” list on Twitter that is private. It’s the people I really care about, but I also follow a lot of other people that I care about, just not as much.