Rethinking Social Media

I have been rethinking my use of social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

I should have done it sooner. It took the drip, drip news reports of social media manipulation during to 2016 U.S. election for it to really sink in. It reminded many of us social media consumes too much of our time and then the stuff we post escapes our control.

It hasn’t been easy to leave. I’ve used Facebook to stay connected to friends living around the world and other people I never see even if we’re in the same city. Over the last year, I was using Instagram more than Facebook because it’s an indispensable photography showcase. But I still had a problem with it aside from its tie in to Facebook. But I’ll elaborate about that in another post.

This is what I’ve done to migrate out of social media. I’ve deleted all my posts on Facebook, every single photo, including my profile picture. I’ve removed my personal information including my current city. My next step may be to deactivate my account and eventually delete it. I’ve archived my photos on Instagram and just have a few videos posted. I may start temporarily posting new photos to Instagram, then move them to archives on my website. I still use Twitter but much more sparingly and I’ve deleted older Tweets.

But I do want to maintain a public online presence, I just have to figure out what the balance is between losing the network effects of social media and maintaining as much control as I want.