I’ve been a heavy Twitter user since 2006. I registered my account right at the beginning when updates were sent via SMS or instant messaging. Back at that time, and for a few years, the community was close, supporting, and good-vibing. In 2010 we pretty much live-twittered the birth of our first child, and all we found was an incredible support network.
Today, Twitter is very angry. You stand by a corner for a minute, just observing, and a bunch of opinions, almost always uninformed and unnecessarily aggressive, are shoved down your throat.
Of course, the people from that support network is still there, a big bunch of people I keep close to my heart. But there’s also a lot of noise. It seems like every tweet is motivated by either plain hate or humor (the latter often sprinkled with hate, too). So, to keep a fresh timeline you need to make a huge amount of curation and filtering.
I can’t speak of Facebook, since I stopped using it a couple of years ago, but I can talk about Instagram, its adopted child.
Instagram is, while shallow, very fun. I keep up with my close circle right there, but the app makes it more difficult every time. Ads are everywhere, the chronological timeline is long gone, and even the posts from your network are hidden behind a link now, replaced by strangers, some kind of in-your-face discover section.
So, with all these annoyances, I thought it would be nice to have a breath and start doing all of my posting in this private space. It’s not social, but I keep control of my content and I keep it on the open web (something I strongly believe in).
I built this in WordPress over a weekend. if you’re on the same boat and want something similar, let me know, and I’ll happily help you set it up.