The Social Media platform hunt

Hunting for a set of decent Social Media platforms

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It is a new year, time to clear out the old. Over time ended up with multiple accounts on too many different social media platforms to continue wasting time on and bothering with. So I am making the decision to drastically cut down the list to only a few that I plan to actively continue using.


For this activity I looked at twenty one (Yikes!) platforms I may have had userid's on. 
Thirteen are now sanitized, purged and deleted.
Two are still being evaluated, but most likely will be flushed. 
and a potentially new one is being looked at.
Five platforms have been kept, one in each of the major functional category 
     (photo sharing, video sharing, business contacts, team messaging, blogging)

The caveat: Nothing is actually free. On platforms owned by the likes of Meta(facebook/instagram/whatsapp), Google(youtube/blogger), Microsoft(LinkedIn), SpaceKaren(twitter), China(tiktok, 500px), you are primarily the product with your data being harvested for resale.

Selection criteria

  • Must be “free” to use, (since you are creating the platforms content)
  • Ads and algorithms must be blockable, (As I have absolutely no interest in seeing their time wasting BS)
  • Must be “free world” owned.
  • Must be easy to use from multiple platforms and devices.

Decision key

Keep   = actively build on and use platform
?quit? = still evaluating exiting.
maybe  = need more information
quit   = clear/sanitize old content, abandon platform, leave a zombie placeholder
delete = wipe and delete id immediately.
n/a    = not applicable, platform unsuitable, remove any IDs.

Posts on retained platforms sanitized using a "free" schedulable post redaction tool.

Platform table

PlatformPurposeQuick look and Impressions.CostDecision
VeroPhoto & media sharingLinear feed, supports still images, video, music, text as separate post categories and
NO ADS or algorithms.
Video sharingVideo centric
full of ads (blockable) and algorithm controlled feed
Business contactsProfessional business profile and forumsfree / paidKeep
SlackTeam messagingBusiness level messaging and conferencing with team roomsfree / paidKeep
Blog(s)Blogging, one userid can host multiple blogs (AKA Blogspot)freeKeep
bit of everythingMostly obnoxious rambling twits, conspiracy idiots, and cat pictures.
Trying to be a bit of everything and failing monumentally.
full of ads (blockable) and algorithm controlled feed (blockable)
free / paid post boost?quit?
photo short form video garbageMoving to be short form video centric, lost its focus.
full of ads (blockable) and algorithm controlled feed
free / paid post boost?quit?
youpicphoto gigging
seller/buyer connections
image centric, seems like a mix of instagram/twitter aimed at gigging photographers and free / paidmaybe
photo sharingimage centric, with blogging capabilitylimited free / paidquit
ViewBugphoto sharing & contestsimage centric, many contests,
“likes are a stroke fest”, constant push to upgrade
limited free / paidquit
video sharingvideo centric, too limitedlimited free / paidquit
twittermindless babblingplatform self destructing, full of conspiracy idiots,
full of ads (blockable) and algorithm controlled feed.
free / paidquit
pinterestimage pinningimage (theft?) centric, peculiar
full of ads (blockable), more suited to old folks homes
(China Visual Group)
photo sharingBought by China Visual Grouppaiddelete(d)
art sharingunsuitable, more for artists than photographersfree / paidn/a
messagingunsuitable, messaging appfreen/a
SnapChatmessagingunsuitable, messaging app with story capabilityfreen/a
(Advance Publication)
micro bloggingunsuitablefreen/a
short form video garbageOwned by China ByteDance, short form videos.
Unsuitable for anyone with a functioning brain.
BeRealsnapshot sharingPhoto sharing app, where you have no control over when you get to snap one image daily.
Something stupider than TikTok, if that is even possible.
Social Media Platforms examined.