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Resuming Control

As posted sometime on Threads. This particular post was made using the web version, not the app. Because about a week before that post, I finally removed Threads from my phone. Not only Threads, but Instagram, Facebook and Strava. Basically, any app that has a timeline that is driven by an algorithm, I am no longer using it on my personal, mobile device. I’m keeping Linkedin, because you never know when you want to search for a new job, and I’ve gone there for ‘content’ anyway.

This has been a long time coming for me. Facebook, over the years, has become more and more unuseable. I only see posts from the same 2 or 3 people (that I rarely like or comment on), never see posts from family members, eventhough I should get notified when they post, and the experience, in general, is bad. I really haven’t been there since the start of the pandemic.

For the others, while I have been able to tune my algorithm to see the kinds of content that I want to see, I was no longer seeing posts from people I follow, or, in my attempt to see those post, I’d find myself scrolling, forever. Just wasting time. Not just Instagram, but Threads as well, since it’s really nothing but Reels/Tik Tok for words.

You notice that I didn’t mention Twitter. I broke up with that app when Elon took over and haven’t looked back. The amount of trash ads and ultra, super duper right-wing disinformation posting isn’t really a huge draw for me either, so I’m not missing out on anything.

As for Strava, I have many issues with that app, almost all of them internal to me and my anxieties. I am going to be talking about it more, but I’ll save that for the bike show.

This way is better. Better for my time management, better for my overall mental health. Just better. I’ve been complaining about the algorithm for a very long time, I’m glad that I have finally done something about it.