A quick #intro:
~ #Christian, #husband, #father, #geek
~ I <3 #gadgets & #tech
~ Advocating #privacy, #security, #sustainability and #righttorepair
~ Exploring #tinyhomes, #lowtech, #permaculture
~ Trying to use #FOSS more every day
~ Enjoy the #outdoors, #hiking & visiting #NationalParks
~ Fav TV show is #StarTrek #DS9 & also love #TNG & #Voyager
~ #Retro things, especially from the #80s & #90s
~ I <3 #books
~ #BusinessIntelligence guy
~ Occasional attempts at #writing and making #videos
Two more things I do with #Facebook:
- I use it only in a browser on mobile, I don’t install the app. That way it is sandboxed a bit from the rest of my phone and I also don’t get any notifications. I check #FB on my terms, not FB’s.
- I always use the “Most Recent” feature to view my feed in chronological order instead of the default algorithm order. You can actually bookmark it in your browser. I never miss a post and I see them in the same order every time.
I constantly curate my #Facebook feed. If a particular friend, page, or group is posting mostly content that I don’t find helpful, meaningful, informative, or valuable in some way, I don’t hesitate to snooze, unfollow, unfriend, unlike, or leave as necessary. I even provide feedback on ads I don’t care for and block companies that I don’t want to see ads from again.
This has resulted in a much cleaner #FB news feed than most people are used to.
With social media, I have deleted all personal accounts except this one and #Facebook. I like the librem.one #Mastodon instance because it has global and local feeds disabled. I must intentionally seek out the content I want to see.
On #FB, I have limited my friends list to only people I have known and interacted with outside of FB in some way. Then I have unfollowed all of them and re-followed only those friends whose updates I want to see in my feed.
I have ended my “dumb phone + PDA” experiment and have decided to go back to using a single mobile device (#smartphone). I proved that I can get by with such an arrangement. But a smartphone actually does have some practical, productive uses for home, work, church, school, travel, and many other situations and scenarios. The key is to be intentional about how you use your smartphone so it doesn’t end up using you. It requires constant vigilance and diligence, but with practice it is possible.
I'd like to remind you all that while Firefox may not be great, Chrome is a lot worse and telling people not to use Firefox is just going to push most of them back to Chrome. Demanding that people go "all the way" and rejecting incremental steps is pretty high on the list of reasons why free/libre/open/non-megacorp software isn't more popular.
I got the flip phone I ordered, but I'm having trouble with call quality and sending photos via text message. I was having the same problems with my Teracube 2e, though, so I'm starting to wonder if it's my carrier (Ting). The SIM works perfectly with my iPhone, though, so I'm not sure what's going on. (Yes, I checked and re-checked the APN settings.) Sending photos via text is not a big deal for me. But I really do need phone calls to work well. Maybe I'll reach out to Ting support.
Yes, I am aware of the special irony of sharing this on a #socialmedia platform. But I'm pretty sure this study is focusing on the popular, for-profit, algorithm-driven platforms. My experience with #Mastodon and the #Fediverse has been so much better than #Facebook, #Twitter, #Instagram, etc. ever were.
There are nearly 50 harmful effects linked to social media use
No major catastrophes this week since I started using my iPhone like a feature phone (uninstalled all the apps, using only for calls and SMS). So I have a flip phone on order. I found a refurb Coolpad Flip for $35 on eBay. It's supposed to be carrier unlocked, so we'll see if it'll work with my Ting service. It's also supposed to have WiFi hot spot capabilities. I plan to do some write-ups and possibly videos sharing my experiences and thoughts.
Amazon copied products and rigged search results to promote its own brands, documents show
A screeching voice of the minority.