Get Off Social Media

My decision to get off of social media is looking better and better with each passing day.

Let’s scan these stories . . .

First up:

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday defended the company’s decision this week to put Infowars’ Alex Jones in a seven-day “timeout” after Jones urged his viewers to ready their “battle rifles” against the media.

Dorsey said he resisted banning Jones, the embattled conspiracy theorist and radio host, despite calls to do so, some of which came from inside Twitter.

“We can’t build a service that is subjective just to the whims of what we personally believe,” Dorsey told NBC News’ Lester Holt in an exclusive interview.

Nobody believes you, Jack.

Next:

“We’re always trying to cultivate more of a learning mindset and help guide people back towards healthier behaviors and healthier public conversation,” the 41-year-old co-founder of Twitter said.

So Jack wants to be a nanny? I liked businesses better when they just wanted to make money and weren’t out to save the world.

Some of those efforts backfired last month after some high-profile Republicans accused Twitter of “shadow banning” their accounts by restricting users’ ability to find them through the search function. Twitter denies that it was targeting conservatives and says that the incident was an error resulting from their efforts to down-rank certain behaviors on the platform.

“We identified this as an issue, it was a mistake, we fixed it within 24 hours,” Dorsey said. “We want to be clear that we do not shadow ban according to political ideology or viewpoint. We do rank the timeline and we do that with the principle of relevance, but all the content is still there — you just have to do more work to see it.”

Amazing that these mistakes always seem to flow one way. What a coincidence!

Finally:

Just yesterday, I got locked out of my main Twitter account (@jtLOL) for 12 hours:

Then it was restored, with the following in lieu of an explanation:

What rule did I break? I have no idea, and apparently they’re not going to tell me. How do I avoid breaking that rule again? Beats me. It’s tough to avoid repeating the infraction if I don’t know what it was. (Good lookin’ out, Franz Kafka.)

Several other non-liberals I know also got a 12-hour lockout at the exact same time. Why? They don’t know either.

Again, this isn’t about Alex Jones, or whether you personally like guys like Stefan Molyneux (whom YouTube is gearing up to ban), or the rights of private businesses, or any of that. It’s about entities with enough power and money to be their own countries. Remember: many of these big tech companies are in bed with politicians and act at their behest, or have the cash to influence these politicians to vote for stuff that benefits big tech.

So in addition to helping kill normal human social interaction and cognitive ability, social media and big tech literally want to control the country.

It’s like every left-wing dystopian nightmare about “MUH RUNAWAY CORPORATE POWER!” come to life, just run by left-wing Marxists instead of free-market capitalists.

Get off these platforms. Or at least, find alternative platforms that aren’t openly hostile to you and everything you stand for. After all, you don’t own your content. You’re a digital tenant. Pour years into building a product and earning a living on one of these platforms, and it can be over in a snap.

If you want to keep in touch with people, start an email list. Or text or call them.

Support independent platforms if you must be on social media.

Remember: If you do not agree with the people running big tech 100%, or are effective using their platforms to mobilize people against their ideology, you are their enemy. These people hate you, and they don’t care about making money.

27 comments

  1. I hear you, and respect the decision. Will miss our Twitter SFF convos, though. 😉

    I’ve thought about quitting Twitter for various reasons. But I keep coming back to the fact that it’s free and it expands my reach. I’m using it as a tool and because there are people I enjoy talking with who I’d never interact with otherwise.

    I did quit Facebook not that long ago, after misgivings about losing touch with some people, but…that hasn’t bitten me yet. It’s nice to have one less thing to have to check and worry about.

    It gets harder when you look at the politics of companies like Google and Mozilla. I don’t use Firefox anymore, but Google, Youtube, Gmail…it’s hard to find good alternatives.

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    • I miss our conversations too, but we can, and do, still have them on here.

      My decision for leaving wasn’t all political or principled. There were personal reasons as well, which I might discuss in another post. It was actually fortuitous timing, because I felt like I had been looking for an excuse to get off it all bit felt in too deep.

      And then I got off, and I don’t miss them at all. I knew I wouldn’t, but it’s nice to have that validated.

      Re: expanding reach, the interesting thing is that I don’t think Twitter, Facebook, etc. really help people sell whatever it is they’re peddling.

      But interacting with people who’d never talk with otherwise . . . I can see that. I enjoyed that as well.

      Alternatives are hard to find, but WordPress seems like a good one!

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  2. Yeah, I hear you. Twitter can cause a lot of stress, honestly. It’s a trade-off.

    For me, a lot of my current blog traffic comes from Twitter referrals. Trying to change that, but I’m not really sure how, aside from continuing to write posts.

    And there are some people who just don’t comment on blogs, unfortunately. So it’s Twitter or nothing with them. Conversely, there are a couple bloggers I follow who don’t do Twitter and do comment, so. Guess it works both ways!

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    • You make good points. To your point about blog traffic, I’ve noticed I’ve been writing more posts since getting off Twitter, etc., and my traffic has been crazy good this past two weeks.

      Could be unrelated, but it could also be related.

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      • Yeah, I mean I know traffic will organically increase if you consistently put out (hopefully good) content. I’ve seen it with other blogs I’ve had.

        But frustratingly, it can also be heavily impacted by luck or other factors. My main site used to consistently get a lot more traffic back when Jeffro and Castalia House regularly linked me.

        I’ve been a little frustrated with the new site, actually. I shouldn’t be, because it’s new, of course. But I had a pretty good first few days, and now traffic has fallen off despite what I thought were a couple of good (or at least appealing to “our crowd”) posts. 😉

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      • My point exactly man: Twitter makes people lazy!

        The attention span of a fly, I tell you . . . long-form writing, and even long-form videos, seem like a tough sell.

        You’ve been doing a good mix of short stuff (I’m enjoying your “Word Hoard” series) and longer discussions.

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  3. It’s a shame that you came off Twitter, but I totally understand and it does seem like a place that easy to procrastinate rather than be productive, which is obviously benefiting your time for writing, though as someone who discovered your work via Twitter it does have some sort of benefit 🙂

    I am hoping that when web 3.0 emerges some of the social media sites will bite the dust, in the same way, AOL messenger, Altavista and co did when web 2.0 emerged.

    Nightmare outcome is that current social media grows and gradually takes over more mediums to have a single sign on – imagine if your bank account was tied to your Facebook, a scary thought!

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    • Oh you used that word “productive” . . . I’ve gotten so much more productive in my recreational pursuits and at work by getting off social media!

      Your nightmare scenario for Web 3.0 sounds like a taste of what big tech actually wants . . . which IS scary.

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      • To go off on a bit of a semi-related tangent . . .

        . . . the more vehemently the media and other elites fight back against so-called “conspiracy theories,” the more inclined I am to view the conspiracy theory as true.

        Streisand effect.

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  4. Happened to find this post while trying to tag you on Twitter, ironically enough. Wondered why I couldn’t find you! It is a great way to go though. I’ve done much of the same – never use it for personal, just for the website shenanigans. And even that I’ve knocked down to about a day a week at most, just to keep a presence around.

    Life is just so much more peaceful and fulfilling without the constant drive for attention-seeking and validation it arouses.

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    • It really is. My decision to quit was mostly personal . . . and it’s great to not be checking the damn phone every two seconds. Some people can handle it better than me. Great! It’s better for me to not be on it.

      This political banning and whatnot just happened to coincide and makes my decision look more prescient than it really was!

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