I think everyone is aware of what’s going on at Twitter. It’s a shame what’s happening, but luckily there are some alternatives. The alternatives are not as polished as Twitter but then again, Twitter was certainly NOT polished when it started 16 years ago.
I decided to delete all my posts and used this free tool to do that:
Then I realized that in more than a decade on Twitter* I produced thousands of “likes” and that a lot can be known about a person by their likes. It is very sellable data… so I found this resource to delete all of the likes:
Twitter Archive Eraser
It’s not free, but it worked and that’s what mattered to me.
You might want to check out Mastodon. It’s not polished and things can be rather slow at the moment, because thousands of Twitter users are moving to Mastodon, but I think the idea, the root stock, is very healthy. Here is the Wikipedia entry for Mastodon
Here is a link to Mastodon
Social networking that’s not for sale.
Your home feed should be filled with what matters to you most, not what a corporation thinks you should see. Radically different social media, back in the hands of the people.
On Mastodon you can find me here:
Follow me on Mastodon
or got to Mastodon.social and search for @ottmarliebert
See you there.
*I had two Twitter periods. I was an early adopter in 2006 with the handle @ottmar. Then I deleted that account and later (2009 or 2010?) opened a new account as @ottmarliebert. I am not going to delete my Twitter account. The verification checkmark will disappear, because I will not pay $8/month to the new Twitter King, but as long as I keep the account noone else can assume the name – or so I hope!
PS: social media is very much like the internet at large… it will either kill us or make it all better and we really don’t know which way it’s going to go yet. Will democracy suffer? That much is evident. Sometimes, however, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
My $0.02 …
Keep your social media “profile” as generic as possible if you value your privacy at all. Of course, not everyone is a privacy nut like me, but that’s my opinion. I think deleting Twitter “likes” and posts is very smart.