As of today, I’m joining the crowd of people quitting social media. I joined Facebook in 2007 and haven’t used it much for the past 3 years. I used to like its ability to keep me in touch with friends from oversea, but for a while the platform has just become a brain-dead tool for stealing people’s time via gambling tactics and mind exploitation. None of the people I care about show up in my feeds, and it doesn’t matter what you do, there’s no way to rearrange the feed to my liking.
LinkedIn has never had any value, beside having swarms of recruiters insistently and impersonally contact me about jobs I’m not remotely interested into.
Twitter used to be great, but for the past 2 years they have adopted sneaky strategies similar to those of Facebook, although at smaller scale, and given the market pressure to compete I’m sure the trend will only accelerate from here.
Instagram is just Facebook without political rants.
The little bit of “network effect” that I get from shouting about my latest product developments does not seem worth the time it takes to maintain the accounts.
A new era is beginning, one which values time and real relationships. Time to start thinking about what platforms will lead the next generation of internet users.2