Mean As Custard (calico_pye) wrote,
Mean As Custard

Musings On Social Media Changes

Every so often, I consider deactivating social media and the recent developments regarding Cambridge Analytica has made me reevaluate my decisions. I am considering deactivating Facebook, but also LJ - quite simply because I am not comfortable with the movement of servers and its political implications.

Before I make any decisions in regard to deactivating LJ, I would like to as my fellow LJers some questions.

1) For those of you who have Dreamwidth - a) Have you considered totally decamping to DW? b)How is the level of traffic down there? Do people start to blog, then lose interest and revert to LJ, or do you find that people are naturally progressing from LJ to DW?

2)For those on WordPress - same questions really a) Are you going to move to WP permanently? b) Do you find the same level of interaction on WP, or do you find that readers essentially hit 'like', but don't really comment unless it is in regards to fanfic?

3) Anyone on Facebook - are you still a member, or deactivated for whatever reason? I tend to use it to have feeder pages from various positive websites, varying from painted stones, to academic websites; cartoons on cats to archaeological finds and from articles on astronomy to cartoons of Snoopy. And ridiculous memes on Benedict Cumberbatch. Prodigal 1 has deactivated his account, set up a new account with no one else on it other than positive news feeds. I can understand that.

4) Anyone here on Instagram? I get most of my photos for LJ from FB - would you recommend places like Instagram to get pix for diary entries?

5)AO3 users - fanfic was the preserve of the online journal. Do you feel that writing on AO3 has lessened your need for online blogging. Someone suggested that they only use their journal to direct people to their AO3 writing, now - do you feel the same?

Thing is, I know that any interaction with online media is going to be subject to data harvesting, but especially in regards to blogging, I really want to continue writing on line.

Anyway - any feedback will be much appreciated :-)
Tags: ao3, dreamwidth, facebook, instagram, media, wordpress

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