smalldeer: ([penguin] oy.)
bug ([personal profile] smalldeer) wrote2017-07-14 10:34 am
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social media is a load of old tosh

first things first: all my Photobucket-hosted images broke. because apparently now photobucket succumbed to the inevitable "free model/monetary black hole" issue and no longer allows external image embedding unless you pay for a membership. i don't have the money for that, so i'm in the process of migrating my images to other hosts. it might take me a while. there's a lot of stuff on there.

so for now this means that all my icons on [community profile] spandexy have turned into ugly grey placeholders. which is a little infuriating, but i just ain't feeling it right now. my graphics comm was mostly just for my own fun anyway so i guess it's not a huge disaster. i might put a link up on each of the posts just leading people to the actual disorganised and stuffed-full albums the icons are in, which i guess is better than nothing?

i always figured it was inevitable that Photobucket would commit seppuku and i guess i don't blame them too hard since... they've offered free image hosting for years, which has been a total gift. so uhh everything's a mess but, thank you anyway Photobucket for your years of service in allowing filthy internet rats like myself to leech your bandwidth.

second things second: i got shadowbanned on twitter this morning! i wrote a whole thread about it, which i realise i could have just said here, so i'm just gonna copypaste

its times like these i wonder what i'd be like if i quit all "instant" social do i have untapped cognitive surplus? if i stopped shitposting & putting my life on pause to record and post pictures of my cats or my food would i focus more on important stuff?

i wanna say no & that i'd find some other way of wasting hours at a time but i wont be sure unless i try so, maybe someday. i can have my friends on instant messaging and theres much less time wasted on Scrolling Thru Junk. no shitty timeline with bad algorithms so i cant keep up with the important things i.e. my friends' personal posts. if i kept dreamwidth id still have an outlet but id be encouraged to use it only for bigger updates and things worthy of discussion... plus obv it has way better security and specific post locking. would i miss scrolling blue sites for hours? no.

i have a surplus of time but my brain encourages itself to fill that time with scrolling & miscellaneous junk posts. i guess the day draws ever nearer when i slip the surly bonds of Modern Social Media and go back to journal style, email-notif blogging.

addendum: the reason its hard to just do it is because im concerned about not putting my art on social media. thats like artist suicide... Or Is It? 🤔 anyway i guess theres ways around it, like... i could keep the art accounts. not like anyone sees anybody's art anyway with these shitty algorithms am i right!! ha ha ha 👽

(link to tweet thread)

maybe someday, or maybe soon, i'm going to just try and leave all the forms of social media that: pump funny images and memes at you, exclude your friends' personal posts with algorithms, have an "infinite scroll" feature by default, etc etc. i'm honestly getting sick of them. call me old-fashioned, but i honestly miss the days of email communication and simpler, less "helpful" algorithms in search engines that meant you discovered new and interesting websites all the time.

which leads me to another point - i made a neocities site for the funsies. i slapped a page of rss feeds on there for my dreamwidth and twitter, there's a page for my art, and an About Me that's basically a fancier version of the one i wrote on this journal. importantly, there is also a splash page and a guestbook, because both are fun.

(there's also a horrible, horrible shitpost page that looks a lot like the whole web did back in the good old geocities/angelfire/netscape era, but it's not linked in the main navigation because i want to sneak it in as a hidden link somewhere or something but i haven't decided how/where. it's got autoplay and far too many gifs but if you want to see it and don't have epilepsy, comment)

that's it for now, i think? HA HA JUST KIDDING i just realised i haven't posted about the kitten yet. we have a kitten now. his name is Spike. our older cat absolutely hates him but i caught him licking him this morning so perhaps he will learn to accept this little gremlin into our household?? anyway,

this is Spike when we first got him. my mother's colleague's friend had a cat that had kittens,
and so since she heard we were thinking about getting another cat, she just...dumped him on us.
surprise??? he was also way younger than she said he'd be, which was really irresponsible of her,
but luckily he's totally fine and growing up like a rocket :'^) he's already like twice the size lmao

here he is.... goofin. bein a little shit. doin what kittens does


anyway. that really is it for now i swear to heck...... here. take another video, as is customary in my kingly domain

armaina: (taithal)

[personal profile] armaina 2017-07-14 02:38 pm (UTC)(link)
I dunno if you've kept up with updates, but Dreamwidth has a crude by usable image upload/management interface now
Only 500 mb storage tho. For everything else IDK, there's always DeviantArt's Stash since it allows hotlinking.

But yeah, there's a time for mindless information surfing, and a time for slowing down and actually reflecting and getting to know people.

NEOCITIES IS A LOT OF FUN THOUGH. Honestly I want to get more people back into the idea that making webpages are a lot of fun. Basically internet scrapbooking when you think about it.
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Default)

[personal profile] butterflydreaming 2017-07-15 04:45 pm (UTC)(link)
A friend wrote up how she's using Google Photos for free hosting. Here's the link to her instructions in case that's helpful.

Tiny kitten! It's funny every time to see how fast they grow into cat teenagers.

I have this theory that we (people who have been online at least pre-Facebook) are reaching a point of What Is All This Crap with social media. It's changed pretty fast but even I can remember when being online didn't feel so manufactured. It's super obvious we are the commodity & how every site wants you to think predictably. Plus with things like pay-to-host and cost of data but everything an app, I feel like Winter Is Coming. Paradigm shift or just a different direction to the wind.

I dunno. I get more out of staring into space vacantly daydreaming than I do from scrolling.
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[personal profile] butterflydreaming 2017-07-16 04:43 pm (UTC)(link)

I... like that idea. It's not far-fetched, though to many it would seem so because the internet feels like it was always there, like radio & TV. I bet there are nerds right now working in the next evolution.

Socially, there have been some small currents of renewing small group dynamics, irl, but "everyone" has a smart phone in their pockets so that is in the mix. I could see some kind of internet-like thing developing that uses individual's devices like servers, connecting these small groups in chains. (Kind of like what web rings did!) Stumble Upon's name made more sense when there was such a thing as a Google Wack.

Weirdly, I think Pokemon Go may be accidentally heading toward that casual ring-chain networking. The game gradually is becoming easier for socializing with strangers, in irl places. There's a vetting created by the player's level & mon collected, and the new gym system encourages meetings of same-team. For example, I was at a burger joint and knew that if I wanted to, I could get up from my table & find the other mystic who had battled with me to take over the gym.

Science fiction ideas...

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[personal profile] switterbeet 2017-07-15 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)

Ugh, yeah, I wonder a lot about what exactly it is I'm trying to communicate to friends by reblogging the same gifs and memes and other-people's-word posts, especially when most of our small group will all share the same damn thing.

But then, I find that I'm uncomfortable sharing much personal stuff on sites where IRL acquaintances/work contacts might see it, and in other areas where longer-posting is more common (e.g. DW) I don't have many IRL active friends so it's less interesting to do?

IDEK, but thank you for these thoughts, because they drift around in the back of my head sometimes as I scroll past the same memes and it's nice to see that others share them.
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[personal profile] switterbeet 2017-07-17 12:14 am (UTC)(link)
*pondering* Part of it at least is that social media is generally fairly public now too. I'm way more likely to message someone privately about something personal they posted than have that conversation in front of their families, friends, co-workers, and that guy they met on vacation in Jamaica, you know?

It's a false output thing too. Reblogging/re-tweeting content someone else created FEELS like creation a bit, which is satisfying, but without the work part (which is hard). The flip side of this (which is what your post spoke to me about) was that, umm, if I actually spent that time CREATING or enjoying myself in a more fulfilling way, what the heck WOULD I be capable of?
chagrined: Marvel comics: zombie!Spider-Man, holding playing cards, saying "Brains?" (brains?)

[personal profile] chagrined 2017-07-18 06:55 am (UTC)(link)
i've been shadowb& 3 times now on my side mp100 fandom twitter! it chafes my ass. hasn't happened to me yet on my personal twitter tho, probably b/c i rarely RT anything idk. i think the reason it keeps happening to me on the mp100 one is i RT and like SOOOOOOO MANYYYYYY POSTTTTTS.

i keep feeling like i should spend less time on twitter and it's a big time suck but then... i feel so deprived of social contact when i don't go on there, welp. it's just become like, where most of my friends hang out. idk. i have some friends i do like scheduled weekly skype chats with but i guess that kind of regimented thing doesn't work for everyone. but the kind of "i am always on twitter always hanging out" isn't really working for me now either. idk what the solution is.

I FOLLOWED U ON TWITTER THO IF THAT'S OK? haha. (from my personal one, not the porny mp100 one.) my username there is the same as here.