Linked – Actually, the internet’s always been this bad
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Linked – Actually, the internet’s always been this bad

The study authors pointed out that they only researched text-based platforms. Video platforms may be worse in terms of toxicity. However, that hasn’t been my experience; they seem pretty similar to me, but that’s just anecdotal. They also pointed out that current-day social networks are much larger. Many more people see the toxicity on Facebook than people who saw a Usenet post in the 90s. That also means there is more total toxicity. It might only be 7-10% of the content, but the content generated by 500 million users dwarfs the content generated by 10,000 users. So there’s more of it; we are more aware of it, but the percentage hasn’t changed much.

Easy Prediction – AI Will Eat Most of the Ways We Get Our News

Easy Prediction – AI Will Eat Most of the Ways We Get Our News

This should not surprise anyone. The ability of anyone to create an avalanche of content capable of overwhelming any algorithmic curation is here. It exists, and it is happening. It’s only going to get worse. Fake profiles sharing fake stories from AI-written content farms will eventually overwhelm the number of people online and make every network worthless. If you think there aren’t already thousands and thousands of these, you haven’t been paying attention. ChatGPT just made it easier to do.

The only thing we’ll be able to fall back on is trusting the people we know personally. Assuming we can tell the difference.

With Social Media Companies Distancing Themselves from News, It’s Time For You to Learn About RSS
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With Social Media Companies Distancing Themselves from News, It’s Time For You to Learn About RSS

In the interest of helping.

Check out this post with a tutorial on using Feedly. Or some of these other posts about RSS Readers.

Check out a newsletter service like Substack. – here’s my newsletter as an example.

Check out a Fediverse-based social network like Mastodon. No big companies, no data tracking for ad tech, just people and a small, but growing, number of journalists, sharing stuff. (Here’s my Mastodon profile, feel free to create an account and follow me.)

It Feels Like Facebook Punted on Pages

It Feels Like Facebook Punted on Pages

So, when I saw that Facebook was going to start letting people create multiple profiles and that it was really targeted toward people with different interests, or small business owners and freelancers who wanted a Facebook presence for their work apart from their personal profile, I immediately thought, isn’t that what Pages were for? Isn’t that exactly what Pages were promoted as being, a place for the “brand” apart from your personal profile? And isn’t this just a tacit acknowledgment that, outside of huge corporate brands, Facebook broke Pages for everyone else?