I rarely go on a rant on this site. I like to keep it a happy and positive place for you to visit, but today I feel like I have no choice. I had another post scheduled (about Coops!), but that will have to wait.
For a long time, I’ve been disillusioned by Facebook. For days at a time when I logged on the same post would appear at the top of my feed…for days! I mean, seriously, is there no other news in anyone else’s life? Their algorithm was such that posts maintained priority based on their perceived popularity. It annoyed me. I was tired of looking at the same photos over and over again from largely the same people and I missed content that I was interested in as a result.
I honestly only use Facebook to post a link to the posts on My Own Balance (necessary evil) and check some of the private groups I’m a part of for relevant information to those groups. Other than that, I never log on to check my account. Instead, I spend a lot of time on Instagram. I love it! Photo after photo being displayed in my feed. A feed that I created and curated to my own personal tastes. I love the visual aspect, the relatively small amount of text and, quite frankly, I think it is inspiring.
Then came the ads. The ads are the worst. Frequent and completely unrelated to me, but at least I can hide them!
Now, today, something I can stomach even less. Instagram is changing its algorithm to make it even more like Facebook. The posts it thinks will be most popular, most relevant and most interesting to you will be pinned to the top instead of just chronological.
So why do you care? Well, I think it stinks that social media companies control what you see and when. If I follow people, it is because I’m interested in seeing their posts and I’m not necessarily more interested in one person’s posts than another. I think WE should control what and when we see it, not the social media company.
And, today my Instagram feed is filled with people asking me to turn on notifications for them so I will get a push notification to my phone every time they post something. I do not need that! Needless to say, the entire thing has me bummed out. So…
Readers, what do you think? Social media: friend or foe?
P.S. I’m a bit late today because Cooper has a fever and I had to take him to the doctor. I guess it is better to save a post about him for another day when he is feeling better!!