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 Okuna.io 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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Life after Google+

I am setting up camp at WordPress.com, and importing my old G+ content there, using the Friends+Me Google+ Export tool.

Whether this will be my permanent home, still remains to be seen.

If you use WP and/or use a gravatar, it should be easy to follow me here.
I also have a firehose RSS stream 😛

WordPress.com (Primary)
https://larsfosdal.blog (temp: larsfosdal.home.blog)

Twitter (Tweeting from WP)
https://twitter.com/LarsFosdal

LinkedIn (For work related stuff)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/larsfosdal/

MeWe (I am present, although not very active)
https://mewe.com/i/larsfosdal

GoNevis.com (Testing)
http://larsfosdal.gonevis.com/

Openbook
To be decided.

Still searching for a new long-term place for sharing my rants.

Here are some personal opinions on the alternatives.

The just say no collection
Self-hosted – A lot of engines to chose from, and quite a bit of work to set up, and a lot of work to keep safe, backed up, up to date. I’d like to publish, not run a publishing operation.
Ello – Been there, tried that, moved on.
Facebook – Can go f… themselves. Want to be betrayed and sold? Go ahead.
Friendica/Hubzilla – Didn’t click with me at all.
Diaspora/Dreamwidth – Had potential, but as platforms, gone stale. That said – Dreamwidth has a very interesting set of features, and new platforms should take a look and get some ideas.
Mastodon – We already have Twitter, which is ok for signalling, but not really a place for conversation.
Medium – Fenced in, and starting to look really corporate.
Minds – A natural home for the SEO / Get Rich Quick inclined. A gamification and monetizing hell / heaven – depending on your taste.
Reddit/Tumblr/Instagram/Snapchat/Pinterest – Well… hmm… no.

The most likely alternatives for self-publishing:

Blogger
Very quick and relatively uncomplicated to set up. A bit of spam removal may be needed, the rest is taken care of. It works, but it is starting to look really old, and new features are far apart, and their comments are currently linked to G+, which will die soon. Last, but not least: It is Google – who knows how long it be around.
Can import G+ posts via Friends+Me export tool. Supports Google Analytics.Can export content. Ads are optional.
Some stale content of mine: https://delphi.fosdal.com

WordPress.com
It comes at a price, but entry level is not too expensive. Tried and tested. Very, very feature rich and a bit of a learning curve. Unlike the self-hosted version, there is no upkeep chores to deal with. Can import G+ posts via Friends+Me export tool. Can export content. Supports Google Analytics. I did not expect to like the looks of WordPress.com as much as I do, but I am still just tinkering with it. Yes, it means placing your bets on a commercial operator, but at least this one is all about hosting your publications, and not about tracking you and selling your data. Ads are optional. You can follow other WP users.
Testing Blogger and G+ imports at
https://larsfosdal.home.blog

MeWe
It has a certain G+ like feel, but although there are many nice and even impressive features with MeWe – I really don’t like the lack of truly public posts. I wish that I could chose to see one stream with content from all my contacts, groups, and pages – instead of it being separated. Some freaking annoying navigation issues, such as returning to the top of the stream, instead of where you visited from. Resharing external content is pretty brilliant, though and the scraping done to do a brief / nice post is excellent. No Ads.
https://mewe.com/i/larsfosdal

Twitter
Soapbox place #1 Not really a place for dialog, as we are shouting at each other, rather than conversing. Ok for keeping an ear to the ground.
https://twitter.com/LarsFosdal

GoNevis.com
Has potential. WordPress-like in many respects, but very new and still work in progress. Supports Google Analytics. Partially open source, with intent to go fully open source? Created by the Savand brothers, who are Russian. No Ads.
https://larsfosdal.gonevis.com/

Openbook / Solid
Looks very interesting, but still a LOT of unknowns.

God dang it, Google, why did you do this to us!?