I was really proud of a thread I made on twitter, so I thought I'd upload it in full here, since I wouldn't have to post it in a thread like on twitter.
Many people talk about wanting to get off of social media. Mostly because of how addictive and time consuming it is, but also because of how unhealthy it can be, especially when it comes to news or politics. Many have had trouble following through with this, or debating if it's something they'd actually want to do. I have a much different perspective from a lot of people because I feel like I know more about the internet and privacy with social media, something that not enough people seem to want to think too much about. For this reason, I definitely know I want to get off of twitter at some point. I'm the type of guy who actually reads the privacy policies and terms of service of apps or websites I use or visit, and tend to be mindful about what I share with certain companies online. A lot of people don't want to think about what certain companies could be doing with their personal data so they just decide to ignore it. That's honestly kind of stupid, if you know as much as I do you'd know how abusive and messed up these companies' practices are. I could talk in depth about how Facebook used targeted advertising to sway election results, or how Discord has permanent unencrypted access to everything you've ever sent on their service, or how Google is personalized to every person who uses their search engine, but that's not what the point of this thread is. What I wanted to emphasize is that I don't like the concept of social media in general. And how I will probably stop using Twitter or delete my account altogether at some point. I think I've been too lax about things and want to move on soon. I've started leaning towards Newgrounds when it comes to creative expression. I think this was a really good idea as my original plan to create video essays on YouTube has become overshadowed by how much I dislike how they treat creators and their system of gaining revenue through targeted ads, which is a practice I am really uncomfortable with and don't want to be a part of. The cool thing about Newgrounds is that they are basically run by the community and are much closer and uncensored and less dependent on algorithms and third parties. They've been working to make their website ad free for everyone, which is honestly really cool. While I still have some problems with them (for example their use of Cloudflare) I definitely think I'e stumbled upon something special, a platform to share my ideas and create things. For me, it's never been about money, or statistics, or ratings. I've always just wanted to share my ideas, my voice, my passion with the world, and maybe make a platform or community for myself. I really, REALLY appreciate everyone who has been so supportive of what I've done. I have plans to keep creating podcasts on Newgrounds. And, while my original idea to make video essays might not fit the style of content typically created on Youtube, I might look into that as well. I also potentially want to collaborate with other people in the future there :) Anyways, this has been a long rant, but I think it was a good one. Ultimately, I just want to create things I'm proud of and share my voice with people. Thanks to everyone who has supported me so far, it really means a lot to me 🧡 I love all you guys. Anyways, peace
On another note, I think I'll create another audio post later tonight further elaborating my plans for the future in Newgrounds. :D