The Public Square

From Brent Simmons:

My problem with Twitter remains the same: centralized social networking concentrates way too much power in one place.

Twitter is not the public square. It just wants you to think it is. The web itself is the public square.

A couple months ago, I started my microblog, thinking it could coincide with me leaving Twitter behind. I love posting on my own page. Here, I have no concern for character limits or approval. Even bigger for me, I own the content here. It’s not sold for ads and if I choose to move on from, I can take my content with me.

But, leaving Twitter behind is a bit harder than I imagined. The thing about Twitter where I live in Lincoln, NE, is that the Twitter community here is pretty good. I’ve made a lot of “real life” friends on the platform, which means my history on here includes some quality conversations and moments I don’t want to leave behind. Not as least until I figure out how to archive it elsewhere.

What I’m curious about is how people look at social media going forward. Are people going to continue to settle with the behavior of social media platforms or are they going to scale back and go to less public forms of communication like text messages and email? People can be much more of their true selves when they’re not concerned with likes and when there’s trust with the given audience.

As for me, I’ll probably start cross-posting less as time goes on. I’m sure I’ll still check in on Twitter and like a post or two, since it’s where I can get a lot of breaking news on subjects I like and I don’t really expect many to leave anytime soon. But, I’m not personally looking to feed that silo much.