The Great Social Outage of October 2021

On October 4th there was a six-hour outage of Facebook and Instagram. Those six hours might as well have been 6 days because it cost them huge financial losses. It was a great day for Twitter with all the extra visitors they were getting.

Facebook and Instagram have become necessary evils for connection, communication, community, and commerce. I ask the question are there viable alternatives out there that people could migrate to? I haven’t found one that does all the things Facebook does which is to their credit in how they keep people engaged and using their platforms.

I do know people who have given it all up and are fine. They have no regrets and no fear of missing out. More power to them.

For six hours many people had to find other things to do. I think some of them enjoyed being liberated. Everyone, including me needs that sort of break from being on the ‘Book or the ‘Gram for a while.

Safe Space To Express On The Intertubes

Everyone needs a place to express themselves online. A place to post whatever your heart wants. The problem comes when you have family members who want to see what you post but you would rather them not. Whether it be your blog or Twitter having the freedom to express yourself without having to say you are sorry or to be criticized for it. You don’t have to explain your opinions because they are your opinions and they should be not up for debate.

Quote Of The Day

Social media enables us to talk about issues, shine a light on problems, and raise awareness of struggles that might have gone unnoticed. On the flipside, it also allows for a lot of noise and distractions. Sometimes it doesn’t create the best environment for a healthy discussion and can lead to trolling.

Jagmeet Singh

Newsfeed Conversations On #Facebook and Maybe #Twitter

This Shrek themed meme has all sorts of truth in it. Masks, schools, elections and Hamilton are the leading topics of conversation and news in many of our social feeds. I know many folks who have logged off because of the chaos and negativity. There is a balance somewhere between being informed and preserving sanity.

Facebook Hiatus, Take Two

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I have deactivated my Facebook account for another hiatus. I spent two months off it from Thanksgiving through January. I went back to catch up and now its time to leave again. Some people come and go like I have and its all good. Sometimes you just need to stay gone for your own well being. I have found I really enjoy the blogging community to be where I enjoy my time online.