Goodbye Social Media..

.. you were.. crap. Yet it started off so well.

I’ve just deleted the majority of my social media accounts with the exception of LinkedIn because – quite frankly – none of them can be trusted to do the right thing, and they’re just full of bots spreading propaganda for the most greedy, narcissistic, selfish, power-hungry people on Earth. And automated bots. You’re pretty much shouting into the void. And bots. Did I mention bots?

X is a massive shit show both technically and socially. Facebook has become a graveyard and has essentially become the Friends Reunited of social media. Instagram is just confusing with its reels, stories and posts. Threads became just another X clone and became just as toxic as the place it was meant to replace. Bluesky has no two factor authentication, which in this day and age, is bloody ridiculous – and then it’s mainly a celebrity hangout. Regular folk have accounts, but they don’t use them. Mastodon had the right idea, but it’s far too fragmented and fiddly.

So I’m sticking to using this blog (of which I have full control over the contents and how it works), and LinkedIn (for professional and the occasional social) use. Oh, and YouTube. But even then that can be pretty awful. But not nearly as much as the rest of them combined. I had to restart my YouTube channel having deleted Google Workspace. But then again, a new start was probably a good idea anyway.

Bring back Google+, you were pretty good!

*Sad trumpet*

Alas, I’ve retired my Mastodon instance, bantr.co.uk, as even with a single user (e.g. me), it took up a LOT of disk space (especially as I was using relays). In terms of CPU and memory usage, it was lovely. The whole thing really behaved itself in all other ways. Easy to install, easy to update, and apart from disk space and cache management – quite a delight.

I’m doubling down on the saucy sounding “X” (and subscribed to Blue X – which if that doesn’t sound like a hotel porn movie, I don’t know what is). This is for the time being until Meta’s Threads matures (e.g. web access, follow only the people you want to follow, fediverse integration, and so on).

I’ll probably be back on Mastodon one day – maybe through Threads, maybe not. Social media to me is transient – nothing is ever permanent (as people have found out when I’ve vanished, turned up elsewhere, vanished again, repeat).