I think everyone knows how much I detest social media. I’ve tried a lot of it and I’ve walked away from all of it. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about Twitter or Tumblr or Facebook or Google+, I find all of it to be totally useless for what I actually want social media to be about.
What might that be, you ask? I’ll tell you. I don’t want to follow people. I want to follow ideas. I want to follow topics. I’d really rather see social media be more like the old Usenet, where you joined a newsgroup and everyone was talking about something that interested you.
But that’s not the model that virtually every social media platform uses. They are all focused on people. Be a celebrity! Get tons of followers! Feel like you’re special! But I don’t want to feel special. I want to debate. I want to discuss. I want to have conversations with people on the subjects that interest me. Yes, there are ways you can sort of do that on social media, you can follow hashtags on Twitter, you can join groups on Facebook or Google+, but those things are an afterthought, not the focus of the software. That just isn’t what I want to do.
And that’s why I’ve always gravitated toward forums, because it’s a bunch of people talking about the same thing instead of a bunch of people dancing around trying to get followers. If I care what you say, I’ll follow. If not, I won’t, but I don’t give a damn if anyone follows me, I’m not out there for ego, I’m out there to hold in-depth conversations on subjects I enjoy debating. That’s it. It doesn’t matter to me how many people I have following me around. I care how many people are willing to engage in a rational discussion and unfortunately, that’s very few.
So I gave up on Twitter and Tumblr, even though all of my blog posts and YouTube videos auto-post to them. I haven’t opened up either site in over a year and probably never will again. This is especially true because both sides, along with Facebook and others, have gotten very censorship-heavy. If you say something they don’t like, and this is very political in nature, they boot you off. It isn’t about following the rules, it’s about adhering to ideologies and when these typically far-left websites don’t like something you say, you get banned. Well, okay, it’s your site, you make the rules, but I can also refuse to use your site and get you ad revenue. I can speak out against your site and say why I don’t use it and don’t recommend anyone else does either.
That’s when someone pointed out a new social media site called Minds, where apparently, none of that happens. Oh sure, it’s still the same old “follow people around” nonsense, but at least when you say something, you don’t have to worry about leftists screaming that you need to be banned and the site doing what they say, at least from what I’ve heard. So I just started an account there, just to see if it’s any different. I have my doubts, but if you want to follow along, my page is here. I honestly can’t say how much I’ll use it, we’ll have to see, but while it doesn’t solve my biggest problem with social media, it does solve a minor one. So let’s keep our fingers crossed, shall we?
I’d still like a site where following people isn’t done though. Anyone want to get on that?