What Shall We Do? (Part 1 Of A Series)
Seeing headline after headline where corporate-controlled network sites are choosing to force their corporate agendas upon their users (latest is Twitter’s decision to take some of users’ curation power away and to curate users’ streams instead of allowing users to do so).
I hear frequently about how Facebook or LinkedIn or some other corpocentric site forces something on their users, despite the users’ loudly-expressed desire not to have that happen. I’m sorry, but if LockedOut’s actions are that offensive, delete all your posts, disconnect from all your contacts, and close your account.
“But everyone I know is using Facebook. I hate it, but I stay because that’s the only way they communicate.”
Yeah, I can understand that. When you leave the site, it may happen that no one you know will choose to contact you another way. But if that is the case, what it proves is that they were not contacting you because you matter. They were contacting you because you were a captive in the same place they were a captive. If you matter to them, and if they matter to you, then you and they will find other ways to interact.
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