👓 Pulling the plug on Facebook | Dries Buytaert

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I'm pulling the plug on Facebook because of their recent privacy violations — which got me thinking about what is next for the Open Web.

I want to pull the plug myself. I’ve essentially stopped using Facebook and have had the mobile app off my phone for almost a year and a half. I’m half waiting for better data export so I can keep all my data the way I’d like, but I’m beginning to think the moral imperative to just leave is more important.

👓 Signal v Noise exits Medium | Signal v. Noise

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Three years ago we embraced an exciting new publishing platform called Medium. It felt like a new start for a writing community, and we benefitted immensely from the boost in reach and readership those early days brought. But alas it was not to last. When we moved over, Medium was all about attracti...

Some interesting motivations here for leaving Medium (or even social media–they’ve already indicated they were leaving Facebook.)

👓 @sweden signs off after seven years as Twitter voice of nation | The Guardian

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Curators of Sweden project will fall silent at end of month after 200,000 tweets by 365 citizens

👓 Farewell Social Media | James Shelley

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I recently purged the data from my Facebook account. This effort was shockingly labour intensive: it took a browser script all weekend to crunch, and still many aspects of the process required manual execution. Torching years and years of old Facebook activity felt so liberating that I found another...

A short, but solid piece on why James has left social media and consciously moved to his own blog and feed reader. I’m curious what his thoughts are a bit on into his experience. He’s definitely worth a follow.

👓 Why I Needed to Pull Back From Twitter | Maggie Haberman

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The viciousness, toxic partisan anger and intellectual dishonesty are at all-time highs.