Exodus or Deprecation?
Hello, long forgotten blog. It’s been a while, but yet, you’re what I keep coming back to. Web1.0, Web2.0, Web3.0, today? But yet still, the thing I was doing in the 90’s… making static websites… still comes back.
Does that make me older? Well, yes. The 90s feels many lifetimes ago now. But the ideals that were there… to create something, and put it out there in the world, still remain. Geocities is long gone, but the Work In Progress and Comic Sans of it all is still as relevant as it was all that time ago.
Twitter… is in the hands of a madman, hell bent on… well, your guess is as good as mine. All I know if that I don’t want to be part of that hellscape. I mean twitter had a LONG run. 16 years for me (joined in April 2007), and when I think of the countless hours I put in to keeping up to date with my feed… it’s mind boggling.
Oh, I’ve tried, Mastodon (on my 3rd server now), and it’s… the same as Twitter was before, a little better, a little worse. Reddit, my home for almost the same time (Sept 2008) has better community for me, but still lacks the feeling of relevance now. Bluesky, which I’m trying to get an invite for, has again, but once more… it’s just the same. All close to the experience I used to have with Twitter (w/ Tweetbot), but never to reach those heights again.
So, it comes down to this… do I want to re-enter the same feed-me-information situation, like Johnny5 and his encylopedias, or do I want something else? I consume The Verge almost too frequently, where it’s noteworthy to see a new headline story. Instagram Reels is chewing gum for the brain… YouTube is the same… I want something new, something more substiantial. Something grown-up?
I think I’ve finally understood the attraction of a Sunday Morning newspaper, a cup of tea, and a slice of silence.
That said… as I’ve aged, I’ve also become starkly aware of the bias that each outlet holds.
Nothing will fully replace what Twitter threw away. We’ll all just find a new normal.
I’ll see you around… somewhere.