Bye bye, MeWe.

I deleted my MeWe account today. MeWe remained a walled in garden and failed to let me be in control of my content. It uses the wrongdoings of Zuckerberg as an argument for locking you inside MeWe, and it touts Tim Berners-Lee as a patron and claims to strive for the same goals. TBL’s “Solid” pods are the complete opposite of MeWe. Where MeWe locks you in, Solid gives you the ownership and control, and you can chose to open the door for services like MeWe.

I still miss Google+ which was truly unique as a platform. I owned my content, I controlled the access, and it was ad-free, and while Google cared – mostly spam free. I was blessed with a circle of interesting people who were compassionate, knowledgeable, skilled, artistic and had a great sense of humor.

Although Google had some incidents with regards to unauthorised access to the “About me” pages, that was peanuts compared to the systemic exposure that Facebook has repeatedly been caught doing.

Google created something awesome, but somehow started to mismanage it. To the very last day I had interesting posts to read, and I miss it so much. You had gold, Google, and you flushed it down the drain.

So – what’s next? I don’t know. I use Twitter now and then, and I have a few other SoMe accounts, but none that feel like home. Still waiting for OpenBook to open up, and for Solid to mature. So, for now I write WordPress blog posts 🙂

About Us | Youme.social

Another social media site created in the wake of the G+ ShutDown.

I am testing it as https://youme.social/-LarsFosdal

Very, very fresh. Not all paint is dry yet. It has a decent look and feel but could use some tweaking. Unfortunately, it is also still walled in, meaning posts are hidden until you log in.

The great thing about G+ was the ability share in public, relink in other media, and view posts without having to log in.

 

Source: About Us | Youme.social

Grammarly

My native tongue is Norwegian, so writing English still is a challenge at times, even after years of practice.  Apart from the pure typo part, it is a question about reasonably good grammar. The Its vs the It’s. The a/an conundrum, and the handling of plurals and time-related issues, as well as general sentence structure.

I am testing the free Grammarly edition for Chrome, and it is … well, a bit weird, but also better than no checking at all.

However – unless you write for a living, the available price plans for the premium version are rather stiff.

Source: Grammarly

Moving away from Google+

Post one in a series on migrating away from Google+.

So, here we are, at the crossroads.

Google+ is being sunsetted. Aww, bollocks! Let’s use the appropriate terms: terminated, decapitated, shat upon, no fucks given about, or to refer to it in classic Google style: ABANDONED. You can quote me on that. All of it. Why, Google, WHY!?

I don’t know about you, but I am really going to miss Google+, as it has been the only place that I’ve felt at home in social media. No ads, good moderation tools, and easy to find people and topics to follow.

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What to do?

The G+ shutdown is inevitable, so let’s get on with figuring out what to do next. I’ve spent some time looking around, and exploring my options. There are a number of considerations: Do you want to host it yourself? What level of functionality do you need? Do you need it to be readable on mobile? Do you need it to be able to import old content? How does it integrate with others? How is the visibility? Can it be searched?

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