Streamline Supplemental 2/5/18

I’ve Lost my Social Media Mojo

I may start to play around with how I do this. Social media doesn’t seem to be doing anything at all for my blog. I get some views from it but ever since G+ collapsed I’ve been in the void as far as social media is concerned. These sure are not like the good old days of having 5,000+ followers on my profile and 27,000+ followers via Collections. I can’t make up any ground on Twitter because I’m fairly sure that you need to either be a celebrity or only talk politics 24/7/365. Facebook, as stated before, is mostly IRL friends and family so I don’t really have much in common with them. G+ currently has some funky algorithm glitch where the stream never really updates. So I’m not even sure how many people are seeing a new post there. So yeah… I’m not sure if it is even worth the time to go post up my blog entries in any of them now.

Maybe it’s for the best. I’m worn out on social media as it is. This blog is just becoming more of a way to exorcise the daily thoughts instead of just turning them over and over again in my head and continuously thinking about them. More of a journal blog to no one in particle. I’d be lying though if I said that I didn’t miss those high engagement G+ days. Those were some good times. Lots of conversations, engagement, and thoughts exchanged.

Everyone has a soapbox now. Why share a news story even? What comes from that? The conversation now is generally snark or a 50/50 split of people in agreement or people that disagree. Then I have to ask myself, why should anyone listen to what I say? Who am I, that my words even matter in the least to any discussion? Sadly they don’t… ergo the void that is. But really, my words shouldn’t matter. They are only words from my perspective. My opinions. My theories. I use logic and reason to come about my thinking but most people out there… don’t. Most people use feelings to come to a decision on everything. So right away, any words of logic and reason are factored out.

I don’t know what the answer is, nor do I know the goal either. I don’t even know who the audience is supposed to be anymore??? On G+ it used to be circles of “like-minded” individuals but that entire dynamic is missing from all of the social platforms now, including G+. I guess the answer is a resounding: I DO NOT KNOW!!! If so… Then really? What’s the point of social media???

That’s the Supplemental… If anyone reading this has any answers, feel free to comment.

The Social Retreat and Star Wars Split

I posted yesterday on Twitter that a good rule of thumb to being stress free on the internet is to avoid commenting on stories and articles. By afternoon, I had put my foot in my mouth and retweeted (with comment) my opinion on something that was different than the original post that was tweeted out by another. This led to a back and forth with the person who tweeted the original tweet. He had taken my meaning to be a slight on him when it wasn’t. That got me thinking about my earlier tweet and the fact that having your own opinion can be seen as being argumentative or grumpy if you package that opinion against the opinion of another. Ergo… To stay stress free on the internet, it’s best not to comment on anything you reshare, and if you have differing opinions from the original post, just create something new if you feel the need to express your own opinion on it. In other words, if you disagree or have an alternate opinion, don’t share the person’s original posting at all. Admittedly, I should have just left it as it was after the first comment but for some strange reason the need to clarify my opinion was there, and this was wrong on my part.

I despise that it has come to this but I don’t feel like explaining and defending my position on every post, tweet, or share. If I put my opinion out there and it differs from yours then so be it. We’re not all automatons. The whole back and forth just caused stress for no reason. If I could have just gone back and deleted the retweet I would have. That’s the point I’ve come to… I don’t like to share online anymore because it always ends up in some sort of debate. People can’t just be allowed to put something out there as a difference of opinion anymore. Instead, if there is a difference of opinion, it has to be debated and placed in committee as to why one opinion is different than another and which is more valid. It gives me a headache. So much so that I’d rather not participate in the discussion. A side note, the person I retweeted is a great person and he gets this too. Online social network conversations leave out human gestures, nuance, and the things in real conversation that tell others that this isn’t a debate, just a reference of opinion. Social networking is NOT a replacement for real person to person conversation.

The way social networking is now isn’t social and it isn’t exchanging new ideas. It’s 100% about why one opinion is right and another is wrong when it’s all just opinion (neither right nor wrong). Regardless… I’m tired of the constant debate about things. So much so that I’ve even started shedding many of the groups I’m in on Facebook. The down the middle split of people who like/dislike the New Star Wars The Last Jedi has shown me that comments are pure crap now too. I’ve ditched pretty much all of the sci-fi groups I was in because this argument is stupid and not worth my time. If you didn’t like it, fine. Why do you feel the need to prove it sucked (in your opinion). If you liked it, fine. Why do you feel the need to prove it was great (in your opinion). There is no wrong or right answer here. I personally liked the movie a lot but I’m not going to debate my tastes to someone who didn’t. If you didn’t like it, good for you. I really don’t care about your reasons why you didn’t like it. If I did, I’d search for your review on it.

It’s not just about movies though, it’s every damn thing now. Reviews are pure trash now too because EVERYONE reviews everything. Therefore, almost everything gets a fairly even split of being good and bad. It all comes back to make up your own mind and forget trying to convince others that your opinion is right.

The internet was a good idea. Social networking… not so much.

When Social Media just becomes a Cesspool

It was a good run. Social media started for me with Myspace. I hadn’t intended to use it for socially meeting people though. Myspace had a blogging feature back then. So my main purpose for being on there was to use the site as a blog. Then I figured out that I could post the link to each blog entry in the broadcast feature and get more views from it. We had a good group over there and we got into some discussions. This all ended though, once Facebook surpassed Myspace. When that happened, Myspace decided to become the black and yellow Facebook and in one fell swoop, wiped out the designed pages that everyone had worked so hard to make. Granted, most pages looked like someone threw up a crayola soup all over them but still… they were our pages. This led to the great Myspace exodus. If they were going to force Facebook on us, we might as well just go learn Facebook. So we did.

Facebook was different though. It wasn’t about meeting other people but collecting your real life friends and family into an ecosystem. The problem with this is that while you may get along great with friends and family in real time, that doesn’t always translate onto the internet where no filters make people much more apt to say what they want to say. Suddenly you saw people who knew each other or who were friends in real life (IRL for you Millenial dopes) fighting and arguing with each other. This led to people de-friending people. It’s really quite toxic. The fact is, the people we meet online generally come to it through an interest base, whereas, the people we know in real life are the relationships that were made through family or being in real proximity. Facebook does NOT foster a good atmosphere for people looking to find similar interests.

Enter Google+. G+ started off awesome!!! People quickly found others with similar tastes, ideas, and interests. We could group them into circles and then just post specifically to those circles. That way if X liked movies and TV conversations but hated politics, X would never see your political posts because they were posted to your politics circle. This was actually an ingenuous way to keep ideas based on interest going. Also, we had Hangouts on the side and could instantly hit up anyone for a chat or video Hangout if we wanted to take the conversation to another level. Sadly, Google is the House of Half Assed and when they changed the site up this last time, they ripped out Hangouts, made posting a chore, and added Collections. Collections might have been a good thing but they quickly turned into forgotten relics that no one posted too. Instead of people choosing 5 or 6 Collections that they talked a lot about, they made Collections for every topic under the sun. So when you went searching for a Collection that you had interest in, you would see that the last post in that Collection was 20 weeks ago so that Collection was probably dead and useless to follow. Communities started out strong on G+ too but then people lost interest in most of them. Add to that the constant spam and porn posts from spam artists and you couldn’t even bring G+ up in a public place for fear that people would think you were on a porn site if they looked over your shoulder. Thus began the great G+ exodus which would take most people over to Twitter. You want to talk about a dumpster fire? Let’s talk Twitter…

G+ had the greatest platform but lost the users, meanwhile, Twitter has the worst platform but has all of the users. Twitter is a toxic dumpster fire. It is a place to be snide, rude, and develop your witty and cutting edge comebacks and insults into 280 characters a scathing idiocy. I really hate Twitter though I use it. The upside to Twitter is LIVE Tweeting with stars when TV shows come on. That’s actually fun. Also, you get better customer service from brands when you blast them on Twitter than you would get from calling their customer service line. Outside of that… It’s a Dumpster Fire. Twitter is too much information, too politicized, and too loud. When you post a tweet, it is the equivalent of sending a message in a bottle off into the ocean. The jump in character count from 140 to 280 has helped create better conversation but all in all, Twitter is not a place to converse. It is a place to complain, rant, rave, and just release your inner Hulk. Ideas really don’t get exchanged and echo chambers of followers exist in ways that rarely allow either side of any issue to see anything different. Twitter is a place where Block Lists are distributed so people can just go ahead and mass block you, just so they never have to come across a Tweet that might offend them or make them think. Twitter is a place where your Tweet count seems to be something that validates you. When one person noticed my Tweet count stays at around 500 or less, and asked about it, I told him I have a free service monitor and delete Tweets after 7 days on a regular basis. He was shocked. He asked me why and I said, why do I need them around? He had no answer. The only people that go back looking through tweets are those that want to spring something on you. No thanks. Talk about a waste of time.

I’m on Twitter and Facebook. Facebook is more for just family and food pictures. I’ve steered away from most comics and politics talk just because no one there cares. Twitter I haven’t figured out. I’m tempted to try and just stick more to the LIVE Tweeting but political crap draws me back in. As for G+… I’ve deleted every post and Collection I’ve had over there. Sadly, the best social experience where I had met a ton of people, is in overdrive trying to force everyone out of it.

Overall… Social just doesn’t feel very social anymore. It breeds echo chambers, mob mentality, and seems to bring out the worst in people. I’m much happier with the internet when it is media (movies, TV, books, comics, etc…) and learning things. Most of the time, this no longer happens in a social setting. In fact, when ever some social aspect is added to something, it seems to just turn it into yet another dumpster fire or cesspool.