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We Must Build for the Future

I think pushback against Instagram is coming, as more people who have already left Facebook also remember that Instagram has the same leadership, and the platform is far enough off track that even the founders have left. It’s a good time to be posting photos to your own blog instead of Instagram.

Manton Reece, Breaking up Facebook is up to us

One of the things that always keeps me away from going back to the “easy” option of just using social media is the reminder that the same people who like to brag about “indpendent thought” and “independent speech” also use Facebook heavily for promotion and the like. A platform that so readily allows this illogical behaviour to thrive, and cause so much destruction, is never a platform any actual independently motivated person ought to invest in let alone trust.

I look forward to the continued growth of a diverse, independent ecosystem of small and flexible platforms to replace mainstream social media. Now more than ever we need the people making these platforms to understand that people do use these big platforms for real, practical reasons and the only way to move power away from such deeply flawed platforms is to provide usable alternatives.

We are only at the beginning of these efforts but speed is of the essence; the mainstream platforms hold sway over enough of the right people to damage the lives of millions of people, and those of us privileged enough to be born into the ill-gotten wealth of the tech-heavy Western world must lead the charge for higher standards across the board.

I would like to point you in the direction of @DiplomaticDiva for Micro Monday, who since the beginning of October in particular has run my favourite photoblog; (mostly) early morning pictures of London capture so much with a single shot, especially this recent one.

While I’m complaining about stuff: 1. I don’t like Medium.com, 2. I hate autoplay 3. I’m not signing up for your damn newsletter because you just covered up the entire screen and everything I came to your site for, you muppet, 4. I don’t want to chat either.

Brad Enslen

Same.

For The Weekend: Eight

A few things for you:

Enjoy your weekend!

I feel good about getting the first issue of the new series from the @til Updates blog out today: The Macro Report. This is the first of a few new things for the project; I’ll post an update covering everything in the next couple of weeks.

Between the Hacker News post and the brand new feature for connecting your Micro.blog account with Mastodon it’s fair to say even through my limited view there has been a lot of excitement on Micro.blog!

For newcomers, hi! 👋🏻 I have a personal Introduction here.

Feeling relieved to have a project keeping my hands full. At least there will be progress on @til as a result of these damned elections.

Good luck to every USA citizen tonight, and those around the world who are affected by the decisions made by leaders of said nation.

For The Weekend: Seven

A few things for you:

  • My Life In Black And White. Sameer Vasta partook in a Twitter challenge involving black and white photography, the results of which you can see on his blog, and now I definitely want to do this myself.
  • Micro.blog, Week 42. Smokey Ardisson has a recap of posts from people, found via Micro.blog. Worldwide herons, word debuts, photos, and more!
  • Spooky Tale Is Spooky. A horror comic, by cupcakelogic.
  • A kitten lies atop its… mother? Either way it’s two god-damn cats being god-damn adorable, OK Internet?

Enjoy your weekend!

Some weeks are busier than others. Of the many goings-on of my life right now, it’s fair to say Wednesday holds almost all of my attention and takes the greatest portion of my energy; I’ve updated my Now page to reflect this fact. 💒

It’s too easy to dismiss Donald Trump as a buffoon – to point and laugh at a man whose worldview is as ridiculous as his hairdo. But to do so is to make light of a very serious threat.

Sadiq Khan, 11th December 2015