Goodbye social media, kind of
I’ve been on social media since I was 12, i.e. 1996.
My first social media was a fanpage for David Bowie. We all had different Bowie songs as usernames and you couldn’t upload pictures but you could set your profile picture avatar. There were 10 whole different avatars to choose from! Back then anything more than 6 avatar choices was luxury.
Then a social media boom came in the beggining of the 00’s, I’ve been a part of them all.
I’ve mostly had good experiences.
Met life long friends.
Learned so much.
Yesterday I was at a digital 50th Birthday party of a friend who I met through Twitter. We met in 2011 and have been AFK friends ever since.
It made me realise what an amazing influence social media has been in my life. Up until now.
Ever since botpocalypse (link to read), and the pandemic with all of its anxiety and grief, I’ve felt more isolated and alone in social media.
Algorithms today have also set the social aspect of social media aside. Their main mission is to get you to interact with the companies that pay their bills, not your friends.
I understand it. I do. I don’t condemn it, but I also don’t have to support it.
This isn’t one of those feel sorry for me posts, that is supposed to generate attention and follows and likes. Actually it’s the opposite. It doesn’t matter how much you like and share or comment, I won’t be there to see it.
I’m going to keep my user name and contact lists because I want to be able to DM contacts. Since my account is also a contact point for my bots they will still post research and open data. And social media will have its way.
I’m finally the bot they manifested.