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What the hell Facebook?

Facebook, Instagram (which is owned by Facebook), Twitter, YouTube (which is owned by Google), Snapchat, and almost every social network profits off of the posts you create and share...that's creepy. It's like someone found a way to make a profit off of your parents or grandparents old photo albums.

The recent events involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook (which are somewhat distilled to the facts here) demonstrates that social networks will take risks with our information instead of erring on the side of caution.

There are social networks that have attempted to present an alternative to Facebook, but have not enjoyed the success that they sought. Ello started in 2014 and this article describes it's evolution into a platform for artists. Vero came to the fore recently with a subscription based model, and for a short period of time they invited users to join for free forever.

I'm really not sure how to approach this. I think people will not actually ditch Facebook completely, because it works so well for organizing events and groups. Many people will leave Facebook for Instagram, but that's not really leaving Facebook at all.

I'm going to start posting here more often. We'll see what form this takes.

Quitting update: As of this morning I have not had a cigarette in one week. I also haven't had a drink in that time period, because I have to abstain from alcohol in order to be successful at quitting smoking.




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