Social Media Deathwatch II

Not content with seeing Elmo destroy Twitter, Reddit’s management have one-upped them, and killed Apollo, the good mobile app (there was Alien Blue, but Reddit bought it and screwed it up; it’s trash now).

Many subreddits were going to protest by going dark on June 12-14, some ongoing, but now while that’s probably still happening, it’s irrelevant.

When a site tells you they don’t want you using it, except by their captured clients, you should stop using it. All they want is to control you and put ads in your eyeballs, until you explode.

That happened for me years ago with Twitter. It happened before that with MySpace; I know it sounds like a joke now, but if you liked music and web design, MySpace was a fantastic place to meet people. And before that, there was LiveJournal; now owned by Russian criminals. Reddit came out of Digg being fed into a woodchipper just because Kevin Rose wanted a little bit of money. I dunno what keeps a billion people trapped in Facebook, but they’ve never had open clients, those people like being property.

Don’t use closed networks owned by someone else.

Use fediverse and IRC, and be prepared to jump servers if you don’t like hosting your instances. There’s a Reddit/Digg-like Lemmy built on ActivityPub, so you can subscribe to things from Mastodon, etc.; I’ve started reading that and will probably start posting to it some. There’s dozens of fedi/mastodon/pixelfed clients; hopefully someone makes one as nice as Apollo for Lemmy.

Update: Lemmy.ml is overloaded, there’s instructions on how to pick other instances and join groups. It’s happening!

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