These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Mastodon is Free and Open Source

My Facebook account data is scheduled to disappear today. I am too afraid to try to login though. During a two week grace period before deletion if one enters the site, the request is abandoned. I don't want to risk it yet. I will give it a few more days to ensure my information, stretching back twelve years, is really, really gone.

#DeleteFacebook

Letting go of the pervasive social network has been a satisfying and humbling experience. I never followed FB fake news, but honestly I feel much better having gotten rid of FB fake friends. I mean, humans were not wired to maintain close, day-in-and-day-out contact with more than a couple of dozen people. Being bombarded with a manipulated 'news feed' from hundreds of people and millions of companies is simply not normal. Moreover, I can pin most of the blame on my friends for participating in stupid online quizzes and reposting non-stop links to prove their political views. That is what killed Facebook for me.

I've become a bit more of an advocate for free and open Internet, not for corporate data ownership and manipulation. I realize my tastes are far too nerdy for an average Joe. However, Mastodon is my new infatuation. It harkens back to Internet roots and even manages to hint at the pre-Internet days of computer BBSing.

Screenshot 2018-04-20 14.05.45

If you are truly interested in learning more, drop me an email. My new encrypted address is located on my blog's contacts page. Perhaps I can help you get set up in the 'Fediverse'.


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