Social Media is changing… Again.

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I get the distinct impression certain pieces of the social media puzzle are dead and waiting for someone to inform them.

Web forums came and went.  Too slow.  Too much stuff.  Too much work to produce content.

MySpace was… well, crap.  And too narrowly focused.

Goolag+ never really got off the ground so, they aren’t really a good example.

TwitBot is over and has been replaced by Gab.Ai… which, frankly is somewhat sorry in it’s own right. In fairness, the whole express-yourself-in-140-characters-or-less nonsense never appealed to me.  Maybe I’m too verbose.

FaceSpace is on the decline. Whether they know it or not. Their bad press and the user frustration of the algorithmic, jumbled feed is the nail in the coffin.  And, the constant, tailored ad stream is irritating.  However, there is not an easy replacement out there with an appealing format.

I don’t know what the next, big, thing is but, social media as a whole has ceased to hold our collective attention. They’ve played their hand and found it wanting. The problem with herding people is that people adapt. And when they become aware of a newfound activity to the degree that they put it on autopilot, they start to “look around” at their surroundings. And, as soon as that starts to happen, the smart ones start noticing the stuff that just isn’t right and they, in turn, point it out to the dimmer members of the herd.

That’s essentially what’s happening right now. FaceSpace has been herding “us”. And, we are accustomed, enough, to it that we are starting to see what it’s all about. It’s no longer shiny and new. The veneer is starting to wear in really unattractive ways. And it’s becoming apparent that it’s a cheapo, made-over, version of actual intellectual stimulation and human interaction. And, human beings, for all their faults, are still… human. And they need and desire human things. Things that AI will never be able to really provide.

Is it still a tool in the box? Sure. But, I predict that more and more people will begin to drift away from social media as a form of stand-alone entertainment, information, and social interaction. I think the privacy revelations will drive folks to dump the apps off their personal communication devices. Which in turn will make the 24/7, in your face, notifications stop. Which will decrease traffic volume to those sites. Which, should, allow people to equalize a bit and stop knee-jerking over everything they see, hear, and read.

In the end, I don’t think “social media”, per se, is going anywhere but I think the face of it is going to change and become more decentralized. I think people are going to spend more of their social media time reading and interacting on blogs such as the Yeoman Journal and, if bloggers are smart, they will take advantage of the plug-in technology that allows them to build out their URLs into a larger social media presence of their own.

The dream of the internet was collective.  I think the future of the social media is tribal.

Putting FaceSpace on the Clock…

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The Yeoman Journal will continue to publish blog posts on FaceSpace for one more week (until 21APR18).  After that time, the Yeoman Journal will no longer publish posts that will co-publish on FaceSpace.  Or Goolag+.  Or much of anywhere else beyond this blog.  If readers wish to share our posts on those platforms, that is fine with the Yeoman Journal.  We simply won’t be playing the surveillance state reindeer games via the most intrusive and complicit platforms.

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Piss off, FaceSpace.

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So… there I was.  Maria and I were in the “big city”, last weekend, screwing around.  My smartphone was on the dash, piping a Slacker Radio playlist through the FJC.  On our way into a mall-ish like area, I saw a 5 Guys Burgers sign and commented that a 5 Guys Burger sounded good.  Upon entering consumer Nirvana, I opened FaceSpace on my phone and what should I see?  A 5 Guys ad with directions on how to get there from my location.  My FaceSpace app had not been open when I made the comment.  Nor had my phone’s “location” function been running.  I have never seen a 5 Guys ad before.  The FJC has no other intrusive electronics.  Odd.  No?

After much consideration and vacillation, I’ve decided to severely minimize my exposure to FB.  There are several reasons for this but, the recent confirmations of intrusion and lack of privacy from Microsoft, The Goolag, and FaceSpace are the primary drivers.  Secondary to that is the repetitive, low-value content and the productive time lost to scrolling through to find value.  Tertiary… the disjointed nature of the feed because of FB’s constant need to fiddle with the algorithms.  While I know that nothing digital is private or inviolate… I don’t have to allow myself to be herded by the likes of Zuckerberg, et al.  And, I won’t.  MS Office, Facebook, and Google must go.

As some of you are aware, my perspectives have changed a bit over the last couple years and with them, my priorities.  While writing my forthcoming novel, my research led me to a number of philosophically challenging ideas and realities.  They were potent enough to be somewhat lifechanging and certainly thought provoking.  In the course of things, I discovered that there are many relationships I can no longer justify and associates whose perspectives I will no longer humor or tolerate.  As such, there are a number of “friends” with whom I have parted FB ways.

I will continue to maintain my FB account for the time being but, will funnel my editorial comments through my blogging activities, at yeomanjournal.com and allow Zuckerberg’s platform, in addition to the Goolag and MS to drive traffic to the blog… where I own the content and where it isn’t subject to Marxist, whimsical censorship, facial recognition AI, or location tracking.

The blog entries are set-up to post here but, I have no particular desire to monitor FB activity on those posts.  I will continue to allow WordPress to publish to this page simply for the lurkers… for a period of time in order to allow those of you who care to migrate to the blog site.  Most of my activity and communications will take place at my blog.  Additionally, since “social media-type” interaction is popular, I will be building out the blog in a more interactive way via the BuddyPress social media and/or bbPress forum plug-ins for WordPress.  In that way, if someone should prefer to communicate in a social media-esque way, I will be available for such in a more isolated way than FB where I won’t be FB’s product and subject to all the nasty peripheral benefits of Zuckerberg’s cute little surveillance and datamining platform.  Additionally, many of you reading this have concerns about commenting on or communicating about certain posts of mine due for fear of professional and social reprisals and may feel less inhibited in their communications on a different, more insulated platform.  Who knows, maybe the social media side of the blog will become as lively or livelier than my page on FB.

Regardless, I’ll still be “around” and my content will continue to populate FB.  However,  if you wish to stay in contact, follow me over to the blog and better social media, please like and/or follow the blog.  I’ll see you there.  Or, I won’t.