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!

X’s Premium+ isn’t worth XXXX

As I’m always curious about these things, I decided to give Premium Plus X (formally Twitter) a go. This is the most expensive tier principally because it claims you don’t see any ads and offers a variety of other benefits.

ALAS!

And I count at least three or four ads in long X posts. So it’s complete nonsense that you don’t see any ads with the Premium Plus subscription. Plus the Grok A.I. thing isn’t available outside the US, so that’s a worthless benefit too.

Now, I can see what you’re thinking: But Martyn, it says that you don’t get ads in the For You or Following feeds, but it doesn’t say anything about not getting ads within posts themselves (e.g. replies to posts). You’re right. It doesn’t say that. But it certainly doesn’t make it clear that you do. The terms and conditions doesn’t mention it either.

And do you want to know how to contact support? Only by reaching out to @Premium via X itself. How do you get support if the service itself has fallen over? And there’s been no response as yet after 48 hours. Wonderful service you get for nearly £20/month. Not only does it not do what it says, you get second-class support. And the number of references to Twitter rather than the rebranded X when setting up the account is immeasurable (see screenshot above).

It’s just all so sloppy. Musk’s cost cutting exercise after buying Twitter, along with his “opinions” are driving advertisers away from the service faster than mice to cheese, and that has resulted in an half-arsed service. I wanted to support those that are still supporting the infrastructure, but I’d kind of expected it to work as promised – especially at that price point.

Yes, this is the price of “Premium+” social media. Oh, and no refunds even if the feature isn’t working!

I’ve cancelled Premium+ and will settle for the cheap, free and crap advertising-laden service until such times those that I follow decide to leave permanently for either Blue Sky or Threads. Or we all just give up on social media. Facebook itself has become a graveyard these days. It’s all quite depressing, really.

*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).