After I successfully decamped from Twitter and Facebook earlier this year, I continued to hang around Instagram.
It was casual at first, but then I started posting sketches, and I found myself a nice little community of sketchers along with a generous bunch of friends ready to hit the “like” more often than deserved.
What poisoned me on Instagram, though, was the advertising, which I find more insidious than elsewhere because it just pops up in the timeline exactly like everything else, leveraging my openness of mind and spirit to the photos of my friends and familiars to insert commercial messages. That hurts my brain. Every single time.
As I need to keep reminding myself, we built a decentralized web, and nurturing it requires that we use it.
So that’s what I’ll continue to do. Here.
That I need to keep rediscovering this impulse is a testament to the allure of the centralized, and of the need to examine what’s missing from the independent web that makes straying so easy.