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As an expat (whose new country is probably about to go under reconfinement this afternoon), I've been feeling *super* conflicted about Facebook lately. On the one hand, I hate it with the intense passion of a thousand suns, and it almost always serves to make my life worse. On the other hand, it's my only source of connection with a surprisingly large number of folks.

I'm wondering what strategies people have tried for keeping up contacts... 1/

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...with people who they might otherwise lose touch with. Anybody do, like, regular e-mail correspondence? Paper correspondence? Any tips for how to organize it or keep track of it? Ideas that worked or ideas that failed are extremely welcome.

I feel like I need a social media replacement for people who can't be bothered to figure out the Fedi, and then I would be much better able to do some serious cord-cutting. 2/2

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@pence If you're trying to escape FaceBook the toxic cess pit of advertising, dodgy content suggestions, and uninteresting updates from extremely tangental connections, I've found that WhatsApp is now mainstream enough to discover people I know using it.

If you're trying to escape FaceBook the company, 🤷‍♂️. Let me know if you find anything!

@robertfromont As someone who lives in Belgium, everybody just *expects* that I've got WhatsApp, so I've grudgingly gotten used to that. Might see if more of my US contacts can be budged...

@pence I have Facebook Messenger on my phone, without having a Facebook account.

@twsh Does it wind up just linked to your e-mail address when you do that? (Or did it keep the old friends list of your former FB account, if you once had one?)

@pence I closed my account a while before I set up Messenger. It didn't get my old friends back, and I denied it permission to access my contacts.

@pence If the cesspit is the only way, I'd say you don't need those connections to begin with.

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