I’ve seen a lot of people freaking out about the Google+ data leak and even more so about it’s pending shut down. In response many are looking at where they’re planning on going next that will give them the functionality they’re looking for. Sadly, however, almost every one of them is contemplating moving to identical types of platforms which are either incredibly similar to or even worse than Google+ given the criterion by which they are considering. They’re simply looking for and prioritizing the wrong types of functionality.

Quit repeating the mistakes of the past, learn from them, and do something different this time around or I guarantee history will be repeating itself.

While there are a handful of reasonable options (and by this I DO NOT mean Mastodon, Diaspora, Pluspora, MeWe, Vero, Twitter, Facebook, or Solid, etc.) I’d recommend looking at some of the ideas and solutions within the IndieWeb movement. For the less technical minded I highly recommend taking a look at a self-hosted WordPress option or micro.blog.

I’m happy to help people out with making the jump when they’re ready or if they need help.

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  1. @c Nice post, but alas, when I liked it on my stream all it picked up was your author name as Title and the automated summary. I know it is all about the plumbing, but this is one of my chief niggles about automated syndication (by me) — that there is so much variability in what is sent and received that it kind of makes a mockery of the process.

  2. Nice post, but alas, when I liked it on my stream all it picked up was your author name as Title and the automated summary. I know it is all about the plumbing, but this is one of my chief niggles about automated syndication (by me) — that there is so much variability in what is sent and received that it kind of makes a mockery of the process.

    So I’m doing the manual thing now, to make sure this finds its way back to you, in case the other one doesn’t.

  3. @jeremycherfas Ah yes, the problem of titleless posts and artificial character limits… Someone is going to get around to fixing those one day so that they are first class citizens, particularly in feed readers and the like. If you think this is bad though, you should see what I put up with in a hacked version of my Instagram feed that I pipe through a feed reader so that I don’t have to put up with algorithmic time shifting or advertising. #onestepatatime

    I did get both of your mentions however, so that’s a bright spot. 🙂

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