RT @sivavaid@twitter.com Quitting Facebook lets Google and Twitter off the hook. It lets AT&T off the hook. It lets Comcast off the hook. And it does nothing to hurt Facebook. Facebook does not care about one among 2.2 billion users. Act as a citizen, not a Facebook user. Demand regulation.

I honestly think all of these arguments come from people who for some reason can't bring themselves to leave Facebook. Yes, large structural change is needed, but you should also close your account. The site has one purpose: collect and sell your data and show you ads. That's it.

Does your own household recycling matter? No. We do it anyway and hope that as a society we'll all do it. Does your boycotting of corporations that support evil politicians matter alone? No. We do it anyway and hope many will join us. Boycotts work as a tactic. Boycott Facebook.

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Most importantly, stop putting institutional events on Facebook, stop using it at universities, stop making participation in Facebook mandatory through your institutional, organization, and activist roles. You can be online, and social, and connected without supporting Facebook.

"Facebook is, to put the matter bluntly, a deeply untransparent, out-of-control company that encroaches on its users’ privacy, resists regulatory oversight and fails to police known bad actors when they abuse its platform." politico.com/magazine/story/20

@omanreagan you have lost the day you gave your data to a company.

@juh @omanreagan Facebook creates shadow profiles of people long before they sign up by crawling the internet with bots for information about you.

This stopped being about "giving" FB information a long time ago.

@omanreagan I think we need either one alternative platform that we all use (for events); or an easy way to federate or link various platforms, but I totally agree -- we should be using FOSS and ideally coops for these activities.

@Matt_Noyes There are alternative platforms. But you have to select one. I think this is already disagreable for many humans.

@Matt_Noyes @omanreagan

"One alternative platform" nope. You run into the same problems as facebook does. Bundling a billion people into one big platform doesn't work without making a lot of money either as donation or any other way. Federation works because you have communities and enthusiasts who are willing to spend $30-50 per month for a server which can handle a few thousand users. We also solve the different privacy laws per country problem with federation :)

@omanreagan I wish there were better tools to do these things off of Facebook.

@omanreagan they have a thing called workplace that is £3 a month and used for work. my boss loves it and has just moved everyone to it.

they say as you're paying you are incontrol of the data, I don't believe it and will be using it as little as possible

@omanreagan is there a *good* alternative to fb's group/event function, because I am never going to be able to pry certain people away from that monstrosity unless there is

@jannamark @omanreagan It's the egg and the chicken : there will never be a "good" alternative, until there is.

Media network need critical mass. Until then, you will basically be alone, and it will be under-developed in terms of features .. because there are no users to ask / test them, an too few contributors.

So at some point, we - the nerdy people - must take the lead on adoption and say "yes, we gonna build or pick a thing, and join it and bring life in it, until the critical mass is there"...

@aleks @omanreagan I am hoping you can make a recommendation, please. The community: a loose-knit and far flung group of people

who get together in different combinations and different public venues to make music for people (for free, donations cheerfully accepted)

We need a private and secure place to discuss and plan gigs, share info, music, pictures, video among ourselves, without endangering anyone's privacy/employability, no matter how stuck up their boss/corporation, plus a public face.

@omanreagan @angristan I can't even count the number of times I've been completely lost because "like us on facebook" was the only available option to get updates about something.

@omanreagan how institutions and organizations should deal with federated social networks?
- make an "official" account somewhere?
- start their own instance?

@omanreagan
I absolutely hate it when organizations use FB as their main or even only online presence. It is maddening.

@kelbot @omanreagan I'm a member of a local orchid society that does the majority of its communication on its Facebook page so I miss out on everything except for what's in the monthly email newsletter and in person exchanges. It's frustrating.

@rysiek @whvholst @omanreagan @nextcloud time.ly for Wordpress is okay. I host a large-ish organization's website which uses it to publish events, it has ical feeds and all. There are some performance problems with 1000+ events but we hope to resolve that with plugin authors.

@rysiek @whvholst @omanreagan @nextcloud as much as i don't think Wordpress is great, I'd rather manage 10 WP instances than 1 Nextcloud. Especially a public-facing one.

@rysiek
@whvholst @omanreagan
With Nextcloud you can share your calendar publicly. People can then look at it in the browser or import it as a ICS link to their calendar.

@mcg @whvholst @omanreagan
thats cool :) i see a distribute internet becoming the norm in the very near future.

@mcg @whvholst @omanreagan no i seriously think there will be a watershed moment coming next year. there's a undercurrent thats getting stronger overtime. people are fed up with walled gardens and top down control

@omanreagan

University of Twente has a Mastodon instance run by @hiemstra

The IR community has a Mastodon instance run by me arjen@idf.social

MIT also runs an instance.

Let's see how they fare - non-techies tend to care about the end user functionality only, that is sharing info; so if that offered is sufficient, they may switch over!

@omanreagan
Yes.
It's what just prevented me from using watsi: they require fb from their donees!
Fuck that.
Them and the cbc can go jump.
I will not support them.

@omanreagan The one that riles me more than any is newspapers addicted to Facebook tracking which run countless articles ten years too late telling me to quit Facebook which are themselves riddled with Facebook links.

@omanreagan The Guardian is particularly obnoxious in this regard to me. They pled for crowd funding, which is great, told us that it had helped them break free of reliance on advertising, and then announce that they will be launching a collaboration with Google's home speakers, the most transparently cartoonishly dangerous ideas in tech.

@omanreagan This has always annoyed me. Every University I have been a student at every class makes a Facebook group. Every social group makes a Facebook group. It assumes that everyone uses Facebook and if they don't then they should. The same with events, I never know what's going on. Even my main social group now uses Facebook and another member texts me about whatever is going on. It's amazing how isolating it can be not using Facebook.

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