I promised I’d keep you posted about where I’m headed, post-Facebook.
I’m loving Mastodon and I totally think you should join me there — it’s a great platform, actually. Here’s a guide to using Mastodon, or check out Mastodon’s own little video (click “how it works” on Mastodon’s main page). If you set yourself up there, I’m firstname.lastname@example.org, so follow me! (You can see me here.)
I’ve got Vero on my phone but I haven’t played with it as much. If you want to try Vero, just search for “Vero” in your App Store or Google Play store (it’s only for phones, not laptops) — there’s a quick video here if you want to see what Vero’s all about. I’m “Lauren Marie” on Vero.
You might ask why I’m not using my Twitter account. Two reasons: One, Twitter enabled Russian bots like crazy, during the 2016 election and beyond. And two, Twitter is not a safe or healthy place for people of color, LGBTQ people, or women. In fact, Amnesty International just released a report calling Twitter a site of abuse for women worldwide. Twitter doesn’t seem to care, either, so — fuck that shit. I’m not here for that.
And lastly, I stumbled across a piece about leaving Facebook that is far more inspiring and smart than the one I wrote. From the piece: “The primary value of a boycott in this case is not mere protest to damage Facebook, but to invent what life can be like today without the social network. A deleter must reconsider how she holds her social life together. She will therefore rethink what a social life is.” Yes! Go, read what Jaron Lanier has to say. You won’t be sorry.
Don’t you want to participate in the creation of a new, post-Facebook, online-social world? Come join me: be an inventor! Be a pioneer!