The Good Social Internet

Social media often sucks. The social internet is a magical place full of rich relationships, new connections, intriguing ideas, and true community.

What do I mean when I say the social internet? It is all of the internet designed for sharing, connecting, and engaging with other people. This may include social media, but it also includes personal blogs, forums, discord servers, random IRC channels. In short, places where people congregate around shared interests.

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Why I Left Medium

So I have previously published pieces about the advantages of Medium (here) and later published a piece about the advantages of using it as a syndication platform, which mostly still stands. However, for me personally I will no longer be using it any capacity.

I wrote an article (note this article is not up for reasons) criticizing a problematic cryptocurrency, this article was distributed by Medium curators, and was up for five months before I finally received this email:

You can review the article yourself but I do not think it was gratuitously abusive, and I do not think harmful is a meaningful metric here.  If any post that could be harmful to a business is taken down then you are effectively eliminating the ability for people to criticize or review.  Once I realized it had been taken down I decided to review their Terms of Service (something I should have done before ever promoting them).  They include in their terms this line right here: Capture.PNG

This blanket statement made me realize that it was no longer going to be a fortuitous relationship for me to allow them to use my content to advance their platform.  I encourage all content creators to control your own domain, control your own hosting if you can (or use one who has committed to being anti-censorship like WordPress), control your own email list, and keep backups of your content.  I did all of these things so this takedown has little effect on me, but I worry about the effect it could have on someone else.

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