Okay, let’s youtube this.
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I listen to a lot of youtube videos…
Like, back over a year ago, there was this push to try and get some alternate platforms going to compete with Twitter. I’m sure most of you have heard the… I don’t know even what to call it in reality. “Big Tech Censorship” is the sort of accepted buzzword now. That whole thing has been continually evolving & back when this push happened I started a Minds account. I can’t remember how long I used it but one day it forgot my password & I was like “fuck it” & didn’t log back in. Nobody I knew used it & no one on it seemed to be interested in comics at all, so it was a waste of time really. That was back when the knocking over souther general statues was a thing. Remember that? Yeah that was only, like, a year ago. Not back in 2005 like it feels like.
Anyway, I decided to log back in to minds because a bunch of my mutuals on twitter got banned without being given a reason. It’s a total ghost town. Tim Pool was the only person on my feed & I was not interested in dipping my toes in that Pool ever again… I have no idea what the user base is like but it can’t be very many people. I decided to try posting again just to see what happend & the algorithm, or whatever, forced my stuff into at least 5 people’s feeds, but none of them cared as far as I could tell. Social media doesn’t work very well if you can’t get a lot of people to get in to a platform. Which I suppose is a pretty obvious statement. I’m glad I at least have my own little platform here in case I ever get randomly booted off of Twitter at least. It’s not quite the same kind of happy brain chemical rush of instant contact, but it is still contact & some interaction.
It seems like people are after interaction again but are hesitant to talk on places like twitter unless they have an axe to grind, or however you want to frame it. The comments on the previous page are proof enough of that. My comments section might no be the best place to do that kind of thing, but at least there’s very little chance of you losing your job if someone decides they want to ruin your life over a bad take, or difference of opinion. The user base is a fraction of a fraction of the kind of userbase for a platform like twitter so any maliciousness is very small scale. That’s a good scale for malice.
I dunno. How’s the lockdown treating you all? You get that vaccine yet? I’m, like, third tier because I have at least two factors that make covid a danger to my life, so I can get it before too long. My dad got his first out of all of the family because he’s oldest. Generally he’s not a vaccine guy, but he doesn’t have time to fuck around with being regular sick, so covid sick is right out. Mom didn’t even schedule the appointment. He did it on his own, so that’s how serious he was about it. That may not seem super serious, but for my dad it is.
This whole mess has been a hell of a ride though, huh?