You don’t want unaccountable monopolies mining every intimate detail of your personal relationships and deepest confidences? You don’t want them sharing it even though they promised not to?
Then don’t use corporate social networks.
OK, in fact, not using them is harder than you’d like, because
- The No-network effect means that all your friends have forgotten how to manage their life without Facebook all up in their business, i.e. there is a dilemma of collective action here
- If you log in to one of these accursed things even once you are tracked in perpetuity by the browser cookies wand web beacons and such which hang around you like the stink of dog turd on your shoe, so also need to work out how to wash that off.
- We are social primates doing bullshit jobs with smartphones in our pockets and we crave social distraction from the relentless grind of late capitalism.
How do you say?
after I post this status, I will be quitting Facebook, except for groups, events, messaging, sharing my take on controversial op-eds, promoting my podcast(s), and seething with jealousy about my friends’ positive life updates.
Roll your own
See DIY social networks.