Untangling from Social Media

I deleted my Facebook account today, for the second time.

The first time it was because they were playing footsie with Visa and Mastercard. I didn’t know what they were doing, but I knew I wanted no part of it.

I later created a new account, with different info – like cell number and email. (Pro tip – google voice gets texts – that account is now gone as well). The only reason to have this account was to help manage a charity I work facebook page. Something I’ve never bothered to do.

I blew away google long ago and replaced the account with a number of others. A few throwaway addresses I created in my own services (which I delete when the spam gets thick). These are used for those pages, places, and people that I’d just as soon not give my email. I have a trivial email, on my own service that I used for day to day communications. Then I use protonmail for anything that has to do with money or more serious concerns.

I do have a Gmail account that my server uses for our software. I do nothing with it. I also am on LinkedIn and NextDoor, mostly because both have some utility. I’ve been on LinkedIn forever, and haven’t had more than three inquiries. But there is some useful industry information to be had by lurking. NextDoor, once you get through the lost dog, found dog, saw a bobcat or coyote posts, it does have some useful local news – such as one of my favorite restaurants that got kicked out of their place, just before COVID, reappearing in a new, cooler location not to far away.

But at the end of the day, Vox Day, and others saying to divest yourselves of social media, are correct. Even if you use it trivially, it’s more of a liability than an asset. I’m now thinking that I’ll hit amazon if, and only if, I can’t find what I need locally, or on the web otherwise. More often than not, they are merely drop shipping items from the companies that you could buy direct at the same price.

The way things are shaping up, you need to reduce liabilities, like social media, and cultivate assets, like real ‘meatspace’ relationships.