This is a subject that has been on my mind for a few months now. Facebook is singing its swan song. I have already been slowly trying to migrate away from Facebook but find myself slowing the process due to such gaming groups as our own as well as the OSG. Over the past few weeks I've been doing some casual research on the subject of alt-tech social media platforms such as gab.ai, minds.com, bitchute.com, and steemit.com in order to potentially convince some of my more immediate friends and gamers that I regularly play with to join up with a new site so as to continue being able to game with cool people without having to use Facebook anymore.
More and more people are already leaving Facebook and trying to find alternatives to it and I am thinking it could be beneficial to discuss the idea of an admin creating a group on an alt-tech site, minds.com seems to be the best bet so far in my research as it is pretty much a simplified Facebook and also allows for groups to be made.
Please discuss and share your opinions on the subject.
There is always someone in the pyramid that has your unencrypted data and shares it with their buddies. I guess it's a matter of who you'd rather have hosting it.
Average FB users probably don't know any means to evaluate the 'least bad' place to put their data - and probably signed up to FB because it's easy and there is access to lots of people they know.
I don't know the best platform but, I think Discord would be a good move for people. I don't think it's any worse than FB/Google (take that for what it's worth) and it would give people things that FB doesn't have: as an admin you get your own 'virtual server' that you can ban people from and control access, voice chat, video chat, and a clean UI. It's not a social media platform, it's kind of like a more advanced TeamSpeak but "in the cloud".
From Discord you could gradually ween people off of FB and maybe move from there as another platform becomes more viable. I've seen gab.ai pop up here and there but, I don't really know anything about it. From what I've seen of it I don't think gamers would use it but, you might get the odd privacy-conscious person who doesn't like FB to sign up.
With that said. May FB crash and burn, market willing.
Point #2 always gets me. Just the other day I messaged someone over a popular messaging service about a band I hadn't listened to in like 10 years. It was in my recommended youtube list 10 minutes later. After this happens to you enough, you just want to turn off the computer and leave it off. Not because "oh they are out to get me" but because it's just f***ing annoying and kind of says, "you are a peasant" in the most insulting way possible.
Interesting topic of discussion. I have quite a number of friends who have been banned on FB; some of them they really seem to target as soon as kind of alt or page is made by them. I have discord, but I don't run it 24/7 or anything like that. As for the demise of FB in general, bring it on. I have an account on gab, but again I rarely log on; I try to really minimise the time on active on social media platforms, but I do find forums to be a refreshing change, if you like.
I remember using mIRC quite a lot in the early 2000s for some browser style RPGs that I used to play.
I have discord, but I don't run it 24/7 or anything like that.
Was about to say, Discord seems to have a great deal of momentum, especially for communities like this. As much as I love these classical style forums discord seems to have sucked up the more casual and talkative communities
Perhaps more focused sights and apps will come along to upstage Facebook at specific functions, but I don't think Facebook is going to budge as being the monolothic corner stone of mainstream social media.
All my friends who quit facebook seem a little on edge lol ... though I think about doing the same.
Post by industrialchild on Sept 18, 2019 21:37:47 GMT
Over the years I've found Facebook is ultimately not good for my mental health. Just last year I started taking psych meds after I was diagnosed with three different mental health issues and I've been seeing a therapist regularly. Doing these above things made it easier for me to, despite the good Facebook offers, to cut ties and move away from it. I've been a lot happier without Facebook in my life. Recently I joined Discord as well to establish contact with magicians as I did on Facebook and discuss magic with them. I've found a great server on Discord to do just this and it's far less toxic than my experiences on Facebook. I haven't needed to respond to others criticisms of what I believe to be true. For some reason thankfully on this server that I'm now a part of, politics does not rear its ugly head. For this I am happy!