I don’t have Facebook or Instagram pages, and I’m in the process of deleting Twitter.
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.)
Why I don’t have Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter:
- 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.
- The algorithm in charge of these social media platforms promotes hate.
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.
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 Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter doesn’t mean I think you have to cancel your accounts.
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! And there’s plenty of info about ditching the Zuckerverse and Twitter on my blog:
- How Facebook and Instagram cheat you out of your creativity.
- How to quit social media without offending people.
- What to say to people who defend the privacy violations of Twitter and the Zuckerverse.
- The one thing you must do when getting off of social media.
- What to expect in the first few months after deleting.
- How to get art opportunities when you’ve canceled Instagram and Facebook.
- How to find and follow artists without social media.
- One option for random internet connections that’s anti-algorithm and completely ad-free.