Everyone had the internet in college with their pc set up. Phones were not there yet. However, I rarely used Facebook until it opened to the world. Meaning, I was surfing all kinds of other websites, forums, blogs, news websites etc. (and creating websites) while other people were surfing Facebook. Then, Facebook opened to the whole world and suddenly I thought I could use it kind of as a front page with people I actually know and real names.
The way the internet used to be, these communities would spring up, but then they would just die off, making Facebook look secure. However, Facebook has mislead people. It has trapped people in this circle where the conversations are never very deep and the circle does not grow. It has then also penalized people who have pivoted their audiences after Facebook opened up.
In summary, Facebook opened to the world after starting off as school based, but then penalized people for opening up with it and trapped people in small, low quality circle while seeming to be a secure alternative for long term posting.
Having written that I am not necessarily advising deactivating, because then nobody is going to be able to find anyone. That is the only reason I do not deactivate.
This is the reddit post. If it is modded it will be relocated to termiteunderground and then the link will be fixed. This is an ideological post of significant importance. It was updated in response to suggestions in the comments.
A person deciphering political ideology through philosophy may start as a populist seeing society’s problems as a conflict between the masses and the politicians. Over time though trust starts to deteriorate in the opposition populist politicians who portray themselves as the solution to other politicians (trust deteriorates from the same individual who has been watching the process from the beginning).
Politicians continue to disappoint whether they are left wing, right wing or no wing. However, conversations with average people show them to be just as deceived as the politicians are. The cynicism turns two sided instead of one sided. It is then concluded that politicians at the top expose problems at the bottom of society thus repositioning the analysis of where the problem starts. Thus invalidating this individual’s populism and making the person distrustful of the masses.
This describes my basic path and can apply to others. The result of this is to reposition philosophically while viewing politics in a much more Machiavellian way – even distrusting those politicians who portray themselves as opposition. Distrust does not mean exclusion. It means you look beneath the slogans and rhetoric and start with this two sided cynicism that hits even laypeople and so called opposition politicians (you’ve long been distrustful of mainstream politicians).
I thought facebook was something I could rely on to entertain myself for my whole life. I never thought it would have fallen off this far this early. It’s not like athletics. It’s typing on a keyboard and using a phone.
BUT. There is a silver lining. The decline has been over the last 5 years and we’ve been at rock bottom for a year. It can’t get any worse than it is now. There is no further path down. And I didn’t commit suicide.
With a redesign and more open policy to connect new people, perhaps there can be a modest come back although I think the peak will be a lower peak. It needs to transform into a “meet new people” website but Zuckerberg is against that because of the Metaverse.
Zuckerberg just doesn’t get it showing your life offline to online has been maxed out people are looking to expand now and move into new territory by cross pollinating different social networks. You can only keep it real so many times. People want to meet new people.
I have plenty of reasons I could live in the past and I know not to live in the past.
We’re too far out of school to still glorify class mates. Especially those of us who had no friends.
What pissed the classmate people off a lot is posts that were like atheistic Muslim sympathizing posts. Basically saying “I don’t agree with Islam but I agree with the tactical goals of Islamofascists.” Those sort of posts really got the preppy classmate people going.
Now if that stuff got me shadow banned, I knew facebook couldn’t handle Trump. Trump took the troll stuff I was doing and made it on a global level, openly playing the heel. Dividing people into supporters and opponents.
It’s a shame because I feel people should have been able to pivot towards a non-classmate audience and choose politics if that’s what they wanted to do.
On telegram, if you add contacts from your phone number, it keeps the phone number. BUT. If you add people by screen name it doesn’t give you the phone number. So I can post @gb819 right here and nobody can get my number from it. but anyone could contact me through it. You run a search with the @ sign to search for people without the phone numbers in a “secret chat.” It’s web.telegram.org if you aren’t on your phone, otherwise it’s an app.
Telegram also allows you to make large groups where everyone talks to each other.
The main reason I don’t add people on instagram is I don’t want to make the same mistake I made on facebook, where I added and accepted a bunch of people, but later on those people complained too much so I lost access to the central feed.
The other reason is that photos to me are mainly humor. They’re not really modeling. They’re humor.
But I’m open to slowly and carefully adding people but I don’t want building my instagram list to become an obsession.
I have this habit of mining through the lists of other people to see who is following them, but that’s just for fun. Kind of like “look who follows who.” But I don’t indulge the habit frequently or spend much time doing it.
edit: At first instagram made no sense to me, but it’s making more sense to me. People don’t want a virtual reality tour with a metaverse they just want a place to host their photos.
But what doesn’t make sense to me is people who are real serious about who is on their list and who isn’t. It says nothing about being a friend.
I also needed to solve the text post issue before I solved the photo issue. Because photos aren’t my main thing.
I want to collectively start a new sub (or a few) that serves the purpose of allowing people who otherwise could not collaborate to collaborate because there is no huge need to drive traffic as existing big subs are used to drive traffic. Some people who could not collab on vbulletin, WordPress, or Twitter could collab in this niche style setup where the traffic is actually pulled in other subs.
If you notice, I’ve disabled comments and replaced them with the reddit rss embeds where the comments would normally go on this centalzing website.
The invention of ebikes makes philly and lancaster very good places to live for people who are not overweight but not great pedaling cyclists either. You can get everything done and not be crushed under a high cost of living.
With an ebike in philly and lanc, you can go into survival mode and just ride out a job loss.
What I’ve done is designed a way to live where a job loss becomes a speed bump instead of a life changing event that causes a domino that destroys your life for decades. I lose my job. I take a hit but not that big of a hit. Not that I want to lose my job. And now I’m excluding public corporations. Only working for small businesses and private companies. And focusing on the northeast, which the debate was whether I should focus on the northeast or consider two areas but the problem is I Idled too long so I had to focus on the northeast. And NYC of course is excluded for being right in the power control center.
The bikes, the ebikes, the dense cities, the low cost rooms (no assets to collect on).
I’ve gated out the public corporations so they’ll never be used as a tool to hire me and then fire me, putting me on a futile loop where I make investments and then lose them, then have difficulty finding another job.