Reminder that the recent #DeleteFacebook movement is ~10 years late. Facebook and Twitter have both always
- Spied on you
- Gathered and sold your data to the highest bidder
- Manipulated what you saw, pushed various agendas when it suited them
and many more. The time to stop putting up with it is now. Not later, now.
My proposed solutions: Diaspora and GNUsocial.
Diaspora and GNUsocial are open source and decentralized social networks. They do not have algorithms that manipulate what you see, and they do not spy on you, or demand your personal information. You, the user share exactly what you want to share, and only that.
Diaspora aims to be a stand-in for facebook, and GNUsocial and stand-in for twitter.
But what does decentralized mean?
It means that there is not one central server that hosts the social network, but rather a federation of servers hosted by volunteers. These severs are referred to as "pods" (in the case of diaspora) or as "instances" (in the case of GNUsocial). Joining these social networks is as simple is making an email account, choosing a host / provider.
but muh friends and family all use facebook/twitter!
If they aren't willing to talk to you on anything other than facebook / twitter, they're not worth talking to at all.