The other day I received an invitation from an old friend from the days when it seems a lot more people were working personal blogs, to a social media platform called MeWe. Interestingly enough, it was the same old friend who first introduced me to Twitter back when it was just a curiosity. I had never heard of MeWe before so I thought I’d better check it out. Here’s what it offers:
I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. On the plus side, it allows me to easily keep in touch with people I don’t see all the time. Lots of my friends are on it. As well, many of my longtime blogging friends who have decided along the way that they don’t have the time, interest (or whatever) to keep blogging do post on Facebook. I like to keep in touch with those folks too. I also cross-post my blog posts to Facebook and I know that many of my friends only ever see my blog posts if they stumble upon them on Facebook and would never otherwise visit. I also enjoy some of the specialty groups for people who enjoy (and make) the old time music I love so much.
On the other hand, Facebook is a data gathering machine. As well, more and more, I’m seeing intolerant and garbage Facebook memes on my news feed. In part that means I need to cull my so-called “friend” list. The other day I “unfriended” somebody who posted and defended a meme which seemed to me to be a racist meme. At this point, when I see that crap, I’m just hitting the “unfriend” button.
There have been other platforms which have tried to gather up people disenchanted by Facebook. Ello was one of them. I liked Ello in some ways. For instance, it looked terrific. Still hardly anyone I know joined me there or if they did, they didn’t stick around. I too abandoned ship. Then there was Google+. I still don’t even understand that one. There are so many platforms. I got rid of Pinterest some time ago, for instance. Do I need another social media platform?
The short answer is that I don’t know. I signed up for MeWe. I know at least one person who has done the same. There are groups there, but at first look they don’t seem to be up to much. That doesn’t mean I can’t create new ones. One day I’ll have had enough of Facebook and I’ll pack it in. I don’t know when that day will be. Maybe my MeWe account will come in handy when that happens. Maybe not. Maybe some friends will join me over there. I suspect very few will, but you can always surprise me.