I don’t have Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube profiles anymore.

But we can still be friends—actual friends, instead of “I follow you and you follow me but we never see each others’ updates” friends.

Here are some ways that can happen:

  • You could email me to say “hello.” (Please do this. I really like it when people do this.)
  • You might sign up to receive vibrant monthly emails. (Also a favorite.)
  • You can opt into the intimacy of weekly updates. (I’d be honored.)
  • If snail mail is more your thing, my sticker club is the way to go. (This is a lot of fun.)
photo of Gwenn Seemel by Ross William Hamiton with The Oregonian
photo by Ross William Hamiton with The Oregonian
2006 (right before I got on social media)
Why I quit Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube:
  1. Ever since all corporate social media platforms ditched the chronological timeline in favor of one controlled by an algorithm that’s hell-bent on keeping you on the apps longer, they aren’t useful for independent artists.
  2. It doesn’t matter how much you post or how beautiful your work is, if you don’t already have an audience, it’s almost impossible to convince the computer program running things that it should show your content.

  3. The algorithm in charge of these social media platforms promotes hate.
  4. The apps’ computer overlord rewards content that gets a lot of engagement, and that includes posts that provoke violence. This remains the case despite public outcry demanding change.

Please know that just because I refuse to participate in Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube doesn’t mean I think you have to cancel your accounts.
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This video includes insights from Anne of My Giant Strawberry, Jen McCleary, Kristen Sampson, Julia Bausenhardt, Nicole Cicak, Kelsey Rodriguez, and Sneha of Essem Creatives as well as me!

There’s plenty of info about ditching Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on my blog:

video by NJ.com reporter Andre Malok
2022 (right after I got off of social media)

I believe so strongly in life after social media that I made a whole series of paintings about it! Friend Request was featured in this lovely NJ.com video.