I don't have much love for Facebook, so why do I use it so much? Because other people use it, and I use it to attract people to this blog. But revelations about post manipulation and human social experimentation is coaxing me to try alternatives. I could use some, er, independence.
I'm revisiting the Disapora* social network, a decentralized and more privacy focused alternative. But its strength is its weakness. Personal privacy means its hard to find your friends, and if your friends aren't there, you be back to Facebook to find them. It would be hopeless and dispiriting, unless you remember that AOL was once king of the hill…
So, I'll use both and encourage you to reach out to me there.
Later. See https://joindiaspora.com/ to learn more. To sign up: You'll need a "pod" -- a node on the decentralized network -- and the link I previously shared may not work, since it seem in the time I drafted this post, my pod has stopped taking registrations.
Here is a list of other nodes. Some people choose them based on the country they're hosted in; others favor uptime or the version of Diaspora used.
I'm bitb on the joindiaspora.com node.