On The Other Side Bites the Dust!

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After a major issue with Changeip who up to today were providing me with a free dynamic dns service with no known reason decided to stop my service so all the sites which used Changeip have been moved to another free dynamic dns service.

But in the move I have not decided to move my small social web site, On the Other Side, and to close the web site down as it was serving no real purpose in the end. Also I needed the space on the server so I can run a small Opensim sim on my main server which is far more likely to be a far more fruitful use of my time than the social web site ever was.

So it is both a sad time and relief that my social web site has gone though it may still reappear in a smaller form connected to my main WordPress.org site so watch this space.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Social Media: Time Gentlemen Please!

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With the news that Stephen Fry has been hounded off Instagram got me thinking about the main stream social media web sites like Facebook, Instagram and even Twitter that there time has come, hence Time Please Gentlemen.

One comment Stephen Fry did say about Twitter, which can be said about all social media, is the fact that there was too much “too much aggression and unkindness” there. This sadly is very true and it is a sad reflection of what the Western World and those who use Social Media have become is very detached to the world and people around them.

It has been one reason why now I have no Facebook or any other mainstream social media accounts other than an impersonal Twitter account which purely exists to promote my blogging rather than be a personal Twitter account. All so I can keep these mainstream social media web sites at arm length with no personal data there.

I know that once the mainstream social media have in the past have had a very useful function in keeping people in contact but over their life times they have stopped being places to socialise but places where people now aggressively promote their political views, opinions and the such regardless of the effect it has on other people.

The upshot of which the mainstream social media have stopped places to socialise but places for people to spread hate, ignorance and hound those people who do not fit the more so called profile of a normal person that is heterosexual, white, Christian and Conservative. So in the end for anyone who does not fit this profile these social media websites stop becoming nice places to be to a point they have a very negative effect on the people in question.

From my own experience of Facebook which was not a very pleasant one because of bigoted, ignorant and openly abusive people I had to leave Facebook as it was starting to make me ill as it aggravated my depression. I suspect I am not only one who had has the same experience of Facebook and left for the same reasons.

In the end my personal view the time for the likes of Facebook, Instagram even Twitter has come unless they do something about their negative side but sadly they seam unwilling to do anything about under the guise it would compromise people’s freedom of speech.

But in the end these social media keep allowing people to bully, abuse and spread hate about others is undermining their very purpose of being social media networks as after all people are not going to stay there and find somewhere else to go online which gives them a better and safer experience online.

Those of us who have taken notice about the world around us would of noticed that Facebook now has to advertise on television here in the United Kingdom to attract people to join their social media network something such social networks never had to do before!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

Facebook: A Reflection of Western Society!

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A friend on a small social network reminded by why I left Facebook over a year ago with his comments about his experience on returning back to Facebook after 4 months. In so much it was still a social network which is racked with hate and conflict between various groups who rather than argue in a civilised fashion but at a level of verbal abuse and bullying.

I am not surprised that nature of Facebook has not changed since I left and if anything with recent events especially in Paris and the Middle East I suspect it’s very nature will of got worse with more people spreading more hate and extremist views all under the pretence of being social network.

All made worse by the owners of Facebook who seam incapable to properly moderate their own social network especially they cannot use the excuse they do not have the tools as they certainly do as they can already locate and remove undesirables from their massive social network. Plus if they do not have such tools you have to wonder their competence to even run a social network unmoderated!

But if seams that owners of Facebook are unwilling to moderate heir social network and allow people to spread hate and extremist views all under the pretence of the freedom of speech.

This regardless of the fact a large number of views people post on Facebook potentially very damaging to fabric of society in general in so much they enforces intolerances in society under this right of freedom of speech. Such intolerances including religious, racial even sexual orientation to name a few.

If such remarks were made outside of Facebook in public or media here in United Kingdom especially those which involve religion and race it is highly likely they will fall foul of the law as it stands. So why do the people and Facebook itself think it is acceptable to say such things on a public social network on line?

But as always it is both lack of understanding of the large majority of the Facebook users and their governments who fail to grasp the simple fact anything they say on Facebook is in the public domain and no different to saying on the street where such remarks are not accepted by society in general.

On top of which Facebook also reflects the way Western society deals with important matters of race, religion and sexual orientation rather than in a civilised and measured way but in a confrontational manor tempered by a political correctness which both stop anything actually being solves if anything encourages more hate and bullying from both sides.

My personal view if it hight time for the owners of Facebook to stop hiding behind the pretence of freedom of speech and actually take responsibility for their social network and educate it’s members it is not acceptable for a member of a civilised society to spread hate and bully people.

Personally I ask people like myself who are fed up of what Facebook has become to leave it and go back to the old fashioned way of making friends by actually going out meeting people or even exploring the wonders of the internet more as there are some gems of people and sites out there both real and virtual!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

On the Other Side is Back!

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After the first failed attempt of my own social web site using Oxwall and a lot of work and some inspired guess work my own social web site, On the Other Side!, is back up and running using WordPress/BuddyPress and various plugins associated with them.

Over the past month I have been working on the new version of the web site which included moving it on to a new server at home which went remarkably well and a lot easier than I expected. Though I expect I will continue to add and remove features on the new social web site depending if existing features prove useful or not and new features are added to WordPress/BuddyPress.

But at least it is now a workable social web site waiting for my friends and interesting people to join me there which I hope my friends join me there so I can keep up with them outside of the mainstream social networks.

Only issue I now have is with sloggers and spammers who insist on joining my social network in vain hope someone will listen to their pathetic messages. Luckily I have a wonderful plugin which stops the large majority of them in their tracks which is very entertaining especially now they are helping the hits on my site.

Those of you who wish to join me there just follow the link: http://theotherside.changeip.net/

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

Ello There!

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A new social network has hit the internet called Ello which claims to be advert free and it will not sell personal information to companies but as always there is a but the users will have to pay for certain features usage. Strangely this is appealing to a lot of Facebook users who are getting fed up of Facebook’s high handed attitude to users privacy and added to this the myriad of adverts on Facebook which distract from Facebook’s effectiveness as a social network.

But as always just because Ello claims to be free of adverts and the user data will not be sold to companies on top of which it claims to be a social network users still should be very wary about rushing into a new social network. This is because not all is rosy in Ello’s garden as it still under development and currently lacks real safe guards and security to block unwanted attention from other users and the such.

This is one of the cases when standing back and watching how Ello develops first and it’s creators are true to their word as out there in the internet there a lot fly by night people and people with good ideas which turn out to be a real nightmare for the users themselves!

Though what Ello does highlight with 31,000 applications from Facebook users asking to be added to Ello the growing dissatisfaction of some Facebook users with very nature of Facebook that is amount of adverts, lack of privacy of data and the fact companies have access to their personal data. It also highlights the fact if a real alternative to Facebook with was purely a social network with adverts etc. appeared a large number of Facebook users would defect to the alternative.

Though on the flip side Ello also show the large number of Facebook users foolishly really don’t care that Facebook sell there personal data to companies and it compromises their privacy. Of cause in the end these people will suffer the consequences of their actions with lost of privacy and quality of life because of it!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

Social Networks: Big is Not Always Beautiful!

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I think I have said this before about the fact that smaller and less centralised social networks are far more personal and on a human scale than the larger global social networks. But I thought I would repeat that as I am leaving Twitter finally after a weeks deliberation and thoughts of it real usefulness to my life in general.

One conclusion I have come to about the global social networks like Facebook, Twitter and the such is that big is not always beautiful or functional in the case of social networks.

At the start such social networks served a real useful function of bringing people together over the internet and served a real beneficial function of creating real communities on the internet. But as they have grown they have become far too big to a point now they cannot function as they did in the early days in so much they have become far too impersonal and difficult for one individual to comprehend the sheer scale of the social network itself.

In the end the size of these social networks has destroyed there usefulness as social networks as people in every day life really only deal with relatively few people on a daily basis and cannot really cope of copperhead the sheer number of people on such large social networks like Facebook or Twitter.

My personal view the future of social networks should not be the monoliths like Facebook or Twitter but more decentralized social networks which work on a far more smaller and manageable level so people can cope and comprehend what is going on the social networks in question.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

Starting to Question Twitter’s Usefulness!

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I have started to question just how useful and usable Twitter is as both social web site and place to get news as now it is starting to become a place much like Facebook has become full of useless trivial remarks, useless information and worse of all becoming a place where people troll, bully and abuse other people. Add to this even with the people I follow or follow me can also be accused of spreading hate and most definitely distorted and uninformed propaganda to promote their causes almost at any cost.

What really got me thinking especially recently was the fact that Robin William’s daughter had to leave Twitter because of the abuse from trolls and basically unthinking, vindictive people who thought it was quite acceptable to throw abusive remarks and pictures at her.

I have been slowly backing away from Twitter in past few year or so to a point now I really only now use it to post links to my blog and much like Facebook before it, it has not generated that many hits on my blog other than it distorts the actual number of followers I have on my blog by including my Twitter users as my blog followers.

I must not only one who is starting to question the validity of the large social networks like Facebook and Twitter to be called social networks any more and I must not be only one to notice they have become places where people, companies and groups either out to sell their products, promote their political views even spread their messages of hate and intolerance.

Twitter much like Facebook before it is starting to fail as a social network much as did Facebook has done before it in so much it now not what you call a social network any more which promotes social interaction which makes it’s very existence in it’s present form very questionable indeed.

But unlike Facebook I will think long and hard about if I leave Twitter as it may be failing like Facebook but it is not as bad as Facebook yet!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

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