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Social media annoys me these days.

It's not the social justice zealots. It's not the political nature of damn-near everything that the people I follow retweet. It's not even the silicone stupidity of those in the tech industry tweeting about things that they have no knowledge of.

It's the fact that social media feels more like a chore and addiction.

  • I don't have fun with Twitter, and I've completely left Facebook.
  • *diaspora and GNU Social are rather politically charged, and there's rarely anything interesting on them for my tastes.
  • reddit has become the next digg, with people who simply want to cause hell for everyone else. It's not a fun site.
  • GitHub has gone from "location for code" to "let's make coding social!" The problem is that the attitudes of people on the site make me uncomfortable even looking at it these days, and that makes it more of a chore.

The social web just feels like it's too much now. I miss the smaller communities of the forums I used to go to, and of sites like Hatena Haiku! (which is sadly discontinued due to spammers) and FriendFeed (Gone due to being acquired by Facebook). Even Google Buzz! and Yahoo! 360 didn't feel this bad.

Perhaps it's the communities in question, but I believe it's also one other piece that most of the sites share: the forced socialization aspect.

  • Twitter constantly bugs you about following others and seeing tweets you don't necessarily care about.
  • Twitter's "Quote Retweets" can't be turned off, therefore giving people the ability to bombard their followers without having to worry about the "Turn Off Retweets" option that people have had for a while.
  • Facebook constantly has a "People You May Know" area to try that you can't always dismiss.
  • GitHub has effectively turned git commits and issue reporting into a social activity with their profile feeds.
  • reddit is all about "anonymous socialization" with the news.

I don't know for sure, though. Maybe I'm just becoming more introverted. That's always been a possibility…

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