I’m a huge fan of social media. It’s allowed me to connect with people in ways I couldn’t have dreamed of just years ago. Friendships were created, bonds strengthened, and all through social media. But as much as I love it there’s a cost to its convenience… TIME.
The worst culprit when it comes to stealing my time is Facebook. For my out of state and overseas friends it’s still the best way to keep in touch due its widespread adoption. The main drawback, in addition to the time sink, are all the annoyances that build up into a disagreeable user experience.
There’s the constant “tweaking” of the news feed. Something as simple as keeping it on the most recent setting is an exercise in pointlessness because it’ll change back at some random point in time. Then there’s the issue of Facebook’s calculated shrinkage of the ability to reach ALL of our friends. What’s the point of using the service if you can’t be sure people are seeing your messages? Finally, their continued encroachment upon our privacy. Yes, it’s a free service, but I’d gladly pay to keep them from tracking my every move across the Internet. I have to take a step back and remove myself from their increasingly toxic ecosystem.
Until a viable contender appears I’ll be using my other social media outlets to engage with cyberspace. Listed below are all the services I use, some more than others, but all with a degree of regularity. Of course, this blog is my main presence on the web. I can always be reached here