Why I made a Twitter and Facebook — Robin Wils's website
Last modified: Tue, Jan 5, 2021
I enjoy the Fediverse and other geekish platforms. I will stay there. I love that it isn’t focused on collecting your data and spreading fake news. It also does not have ads.
It has some disadvantages though. The amount and type of people which you can reach is different. It is a minority of people. I want to see how other types of people think as well.
There are some people from which I want to see updates, but I can’t because they are not on the same platform.
The ActivityPub protocol still has many known problems, but it works. I don’t mind using it, since it also has some advantages.
One great thing about these geekish platforms is that it does not contain that many media and fake news. I really like that.
People which I can’t reach now
I want to see what other types of people are doing and I want to see some posts of people who just aren’t on the Fediverse yet.
To spread awareness
It makes it possible to spread the awareness of the more geeky platforms. This seems logical. These platforms can be more known. There just isn’t much info about them on other platforms. I will probably remove Twitter when more people move to the Fediverse.
You might think “Just convince them to use the Fediverse”. Well, that is not always easy and you have to be realistic. It can happen in time, but the word has to be spread first.
Think about it, just yelling in the Fediverse that it is nice isn’t going to spread the word to many people who are not on the Fediverse yet.
I don’t think that it is bad that it is not that known, but I want the Fediverse or a platform like it which gets popular
I picked Twitter of all those platforms, because Facebook is dying and Twitter is big enough to be able to reach the right people.
There are reasons to not use such platforms. I don’t often recommend social media in general. It is a great way to influence people, but it has many downsides as well.
Twitter Terms of Service, in a readable format
Yes, they collect your data. Yes, they don’t like Tor users. I do not support that. I also really dislike that they block Tutanota mail-addresses. I made a ProtonMail account so that I could make a Twitter… A bit disappointing to say the least.
I dislike Facebook as much as the next tech guy. There is just so much wrong with it. It somehow has so many users though. So I decided to make an account so that people can find me there, only to realize that I am more active on other platforms.
I might add a few people, just to give people the impression that it is me. Twitter alone might be enough for many people. I can’t be active on everything and promote alternatives.
This used to be in my contact page:
It might be a nice thing to add to your page if you don’t have Facebook.
Much respect to you if you don’t use social media. I don’t think that it is bad to have mainstream social media to spread the word though. Many people just don’t know that there are alternatives, so they have to discover it.
I wrote about social media and why it is often not good, in the following article: Media and social media
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