Goodbye Facebook, it’s (not really) been real
“Mostly I am going to sit in silence for long periods, seeing where my thoughts take me, learning (I hope) to accept them as I go. . . . I might even get a cat. If I do, you’ll be the last to know.” Anthony Wilson writes a goodbye letter to Facebook.
You Don’t Have to Live in Public
Austin Kleon on the need to gain a sense of ownership over our online lives: “Back [in 2013], the worst I felt social media did was waste your time. Now, the worst social media does is cripple democracy and ruin your soul.”
“I Want to Read about People”: On Why We Follow Blogs
Jeff Cann reflects on what “following” means to him.
Interaction and Community: How a Lifestyle Blogger Doubled Her Weekly Views
Kaylee Marie Huey shares insights on the importance of making connections with other, like-minded bloggers.
Happy International Internet Day (Plus: Cats!)
October 29, 1969: we sent the first tiny bit of data from one computer to another, and the world was never the same.
A Proustian View on Being Unfollowed
How do we really feel when someone unfollows our blog or our Facebook account? In this personal reflection, Andrew Reid Wildman unpeels the “layers upon layers of emotion that can find themselves interwound with social media.”
He died while I was off Facebook, and news had not reached me by any other channel. But there it was. Out of nowhere and without warning my browser was haunted by the very real presence of death. Momento mori.
Humbled: You Keep Using That Word
“For the love of Merriam-Webster, don’t hide your happiness behind a thin veil of humility.” Blogger Lily Zacharias in a fun post about the rampant abuse and overuse of the word “humbled” in our social media feeds.
Neighborhoods, the Anti-Algorithm
Christopher Butler on neighborhoods and networks: “Not everyone will become best friends. But that’s the point. The network can’t sell that. It can sell our attention, but the less of our lives we live on the network, the less our attention feels like us. That’s the control we still have.”
Time Travel on Facebook
“Between youth and endings, tragic or not, we are more than our milestones, births, marriages, deaths…. To see only the milestones and the end of their story has all the depth of a deflated balloon.” Michelle at The Green Study on social media, Facebook, and cheap voyeurism.