Whenever I visit Facebook, my feed is awash with complaints about how terrible FB is. I don’t have Instagram, but from what I read, that site is also starting to suck in a major way. Both are due to get worse, as Zuck has decided to compete with TikTok by shoving reels and influencer videos in our faces from people we don’t follow. According to Zuck, we shouldn’t choose what to see; the AI will decide for us.
Thus, I wash my hands of FB, which has become impossible to read lately anyway because of their auto-refresh every 10 seconds. For a while now, it’s been all about nasty political memes and doom-scrolling, interspersed with ads every 3 posts. Blech! I’m glad I created a new account because it provides a way of easily contacting friends, but that’s all FB is good for, imo. Even reading my groups is annoying these days, since they’re full of FB’s exhortations to join other groups. Can’t I just view some kitties in peace?!
So where can a writer post original ideas, interact with fellow writers in a meaningful way, and be part of a community of people who care about the written word? Well duh, right here on WordPress! Whenever I tell FB friends this, they’re all eh blogs, pish posh, can’t be bothered. Thing is, most of them have blogs, but they’re dusty from disuse. Unfortunately, so many peeps have become addicted to consuming feeds full of mental junk food that they recoil at the idea of taking the time to write a couple of thoughtful paragraphs or creating a new piece of fiction or poetry ~ even those who used to do these very things. Sad.
But like Fandango always says… whatever floats your boat. And if anyone cares, I still enjoy Twitter for poetry and news.
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