Category: Social Web

  • How platforms die

    Cory Doctorow published a terrific, insightful essay about how platforms die. He calls the process “enshittification”.

  • Twitter is where I go to feel bad

    Twitter is where I go to feel bad

    I just shared this thought about Twitter, Mastodon and Tumblr on Mastodon, and thought I’d share it here too. I feel like Twitter is where I go to feel bad out, well, everything. Mastodon is where I go to lose myself in interesting and generally uplifting posts about all sorts of topics (so much so […]

  • Going dark on Twitter

    Going dark on Twitter

    Although I have been on Mastodon since about 2016, I only started using it pretty actively in the last month or so. Since then I have grown to really enjoy using the service. There are increasing numbers of people joining various Mastodon instances and enriching the broader Mastodon network. I have almost stopped using Twitter […]

  • Setting up my own Mastodon instance

    Setting up my own Mastodon instance

    I decided to set up my own Mastodon instance (❓what is Mastodon?). I was pretty happy being on the mastodon.social instance. It was my first instance that I joined back in 2016 and it was my first introduction to this terrific service. As the broader Mastodon network has grown, public instances have had to adapt […]

  • Why I prefer to use Signal, and not WhatsApp

    Why I prefer to use Signal, and not WhatsApp

    What’s going on with WhatsApp? WhatsApp recently notified users that we will need to agree to changes to the WhatsApp privacy policy that enable Facebook to access our WhatsApp profile data, or we will need to stop using WhatsApp. This prompted a number of renewed calls for people to switch to alternatives such as Signal, […]

  • Reminders why blogs remain relevant despite social media

    Reminders why blogs remain relevant despite social media

    Chris Maiorana published a post highlighting why blogs remain relevant despite social media, perhaps because of social media.

  • Google Wave 2.0?

    Google Wave 2.0?

    According to Ars Technica – Integrating the service into Gmail is an aggressive move and something we haven’t seen the company do since the Google+ days. Reportedly a lot more integrations are coming in the future—the G Suite team apparently wants to make some kind of “new unified communications app” that merges features from Gmail, […]

  • The blog helped build the Web, not break it

    The blog helped build the Web, not break it

    I read some wonderful ideas about personal sites as cultivated digital gardens over the weekend (here, here, here, and here), and one post that was linked to in one of these posts caught my attention. It was Amy Hoy’s post titled “Stacking the Bricks: How the Blog Broke the Web“. We built every new page […]