MeWe, Google+ and chatty creeps…

To many of you within technology as well as various social media platforms, you might have heard the news that Google+ is gonna shut down in august 2019. For me it’s been something I’ve waited for a long time because for me, the platform has turned into a “boring” and pointless platform for me to be on. It was a lot of fun, with tons of interactions and new online friendships and that lasted from 2011 until like 2014 or so. After Vic Gundotra decided to leave Google, something happened and people on G+ noticed the change immediately. It was no fun anymore for many of us. Some still has fun and are so sad to see it go, but for me it will probably be a relief.

For the past years I’ve basically used Google+ as a link forum or something. I only use it to send my blog posts. A good thing, right? Well – it would be if I could get any decent numbers of readers and interactions from my posts over there, but no. About 0.1% maybe of my posts gets comments and/or gets read, but I’m not gonna complain about that. I am not perfect. I’ve basically stopped interacting myself, but that’s mainly because I feel I do not get the return I deserve.

There’s basicaly a hidden rule on any social media platform, and that’s you have to make some noice and be active with comments, likes etc to get some attention yourself. It’s a give and take game. Of course, this might not be true for everybody, but it’s a common theme. In the beginning this was true for G+, but not any longer, but I’v also stopped keeping tabs on who’s who so I couldn’t really say. All I know is that comments are super rare, even plusses and I should be the happiest person alive if I can get 1 person to read a blog post of mine from that platform. Most of my readers come from Facebook or Twitter. I’ve mentioned before that this blog is especially dead whenever I do not post here. It’s so weird! I don’t get it?! What have I done wrong? My Swedish blog is found on Google daily with many searching for stuff I’ve written about, but this one – nobody sees it unless they follow me on Twitter, Facebook or withing WordPress.com itself. I have gained almost 20 followers here, which is awesome, but many of you do not read my posts either, but I don’t care. I have to write. If you read it, that’s great. If you learned something, that’s even better and if you comment – you’ve probably made my day.

Anywhoo… I did not plan for this post to be a lengthy boring one about interactions and comments, but I wanted to tell you like it is. As of now, since I’m a college student I’m considering myself lucky to have the time at all to write a blog post, so this is great either way. This post is gonna be a lot more, hopefully about a new social media platform that I’ve fled to recently. It’s called MeWe, and so far it’s been pretty great, even though it’s not perfect yet.

I’ve been on MeWe for like a week now. I went to Diaspora first, but since they lack a mobile app for iOS, it’s nothing I’ve used frequently since the news about G+ came out. It’s not like I need a new platform to be on, but after I found MeWe, I was pretty sold on their concept and it reminds me a lot of Google+ in the earlier days.

However, MeWe does have a giant drawback that I almost noticed way too late. Not to be rude, but I’m a bit disappointed if you read this and you’ve chatted with me on MeWe, but I gotta write about this.

I thought, since I’d be “switching” to MeWe instead of G+ that I’d continue with the principle I had from the start over there. That was a principle that I’d add everybody who wanted to add me and that way I got to know more people. On G+, there was Hangouts, group video calls that were a great opportunity to get to know people from all over the world. MeWe does have that too, but things have changed since those early days on G+. Now I’m not interested in video chatting or having calls with total strangers. The funny thing is that since I joined MeWe, about 7 people or so added me there that I’ve chatted with. Three of them were men, in perhaps their 60’s, working in the U.S military and wanted to find Swedish “girls” to chat with and somehow they found me. The first guy I talked to was nice and that went pretty great. Then, like a day after another person, stationed in the same country as him started chatting with me. He wanted to be “best friends” or something after fifteen minutes of chat. I said “Sure”, but I changed my mind pretty fast afterwards. That was due to all the other people I accepted as contacts that started chats with me. If they kept writing to me, it was all the same questions. Something like this:

Hi, my name is bla bla, I am single, US military in my 60’s looking for Swedish people. Who are you? Where are you from? How old are you? Can I be your best friend? Can I add you on “insert-other-chat-message-service-here”?Can I get your email? Can I get to know you better? Etc…

Ok, not all of them were older men, but the questions were basically the same. One of the guys actually called me up after I specifically told them NO to all kinds of other interactions besides just chatting (in writing, that is) on MeWe. That pissed me off, and I made the decision to stop this thing and then I wrote a post on my timeline at MeWe. I asked people to comment if they have chatted with me, telling me why they wanted to do so. NOBODY ANSWERED! So I deleted them as contacts and I deleted the chats as well.

It was pretty obvious that they did not really care about me, and probably only wanted and hoped I’d be single and become their next girlfriend or hump-toy or something. Nobody read my profile, where basically all they asked was printed already, nobody liked a post, read my blog etc. I have no need whatsoever to keep in touch with people like that. I prefer focusing on my own life, as a college student and everything else that’s important to me. Total strangers on MeWe who wants somebody as lonely as them to talk to better find somebody else than me for that. I don’t have time for that! Not now, and not ever!

Now I shall continue with my studies. I’m programming all day long and now we’re learning about Arrays. That’s a lot of fun!

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Great… The YouTube shooter is a female vegan. Now what?

This thing is going viral as of now, and for like the first time ever I’m actually writing (or blogging) about news, instead of being years or months behind a big news event. This post is primarily about the YouTube shooting that happened yesterday in California, but maybe also about the recent news regarding Facebook’s scandal that also happened.

The shooter is a woman called Nasim Aghdam who recently gotten fed up with the new YouTube’s new policies and problems with demonetizing videos. I have never seen her videos before, as far as I can remember, but it’s a sad story in many ways.

On her channels, she made videos about veganism, animal rights etc. That is great, but in this case, it sucks that she was vegan. That’s because people tend to categorize people in a bad way when something like this happens. It’s like if a killer turns out to have autism, and then society goes nuts and gets scared of everybody on the autism spectrum, even though practically all of them are as “normal” as you are. It all goes away eventually, but it’s sad and even more horrible when people and society in general see an action like this as a “vegan and crazy” attack on YouTube instead of ONE individual’s opinions and actions. I, myself do my very best not to put people in groups like that, and I believe that I see individuals more than groups of people or culture. If a person does something, towards me or others that’s generally considered a bad thing, like rape, murder, burning somebody’s house down etc, I do not get pissed at “terrorists”, vegans or whomever the group is considered to be. I look at the individual’s action and nowhere else. However, I always speculate in the cause of the actions that took place.

It is not fair for anybody on YouTube to have their videos de-monetized. It is not right for anybody to get raped, robbed or killed etc. But I do not blame YouTubers or vegans for this action. Nasim did this (as far as we know) and it is her action alone and reasoning that did this. Could it have been prevented? Sure. YouTube has been acting weird lately for many YouTubers out there and that’s just not cool. Just like Facebook with their latest data-scraping scandal or whatever I should call it.

However I firmly believe that murder is never the answer.

Society will change no matter what, even though it might take a while longer sometimes with the more important and better things. Like a universal basic income (or  maybe even a world without money?) or a world filled with vegans, where every living creature will live a healthier life with less worry over other things. That would be lovely. It’s sad that she had to die and shoot others in order to spread her opinions…

Ok, shall we talk about Facebook, then?

First of all I am not surprised. I’ve basically known from the beginning that Facebook has serious issues with privacy for their users. Still, I choose to continue using it. The main reason for that is that life as I know it would be really frickin’ boring without it. Here’s the history:

I, personally have also chosen to live my adult life very far away from my roots. I was born in Stockholm, Sweden. My parents are from a place called Härjedalen, which is even further north in this cold country. I now live in Malmö, but I’ve chosen to live in the southern parts of Sweden since 2001. Especially in Skåne, which is the most southern part. I have a huge network of family and friends that has spread throughout the country because of this and no matter what, I’d never move back to Stockholm. Not even if I got a million dollars. I’d never do it willingly. I moved away from there because of mainly two things. The attitude of the people living there and the weather. Many people in Stockholm have a view of life that really differs from mine. It’s like they really do not accept anybody who does not have an iPhone or is generally a bit different from themselves. But I’m also exaggerating a bit here. I love my family and friends I have over there, but generally I feel like the attitude thing is real. I do not like that.

There is also a hidden reason for why I left, and that’s the accent that is spoken there. I do not like it, and I used to speak like that as well, but as I kept growing up I kept feeling that I feel more like a person with a different accent than the one in Stockholm. I choose therefore to talk with a southern Swedish accent instead of the one I was born with. I speak skånska. For people that speak English, I sound like a french person or something like that, because there are a lot of similarities with that language, and the accent itself is very inspired of the french. It is also very related to the Danish language, but not as much as one would think. If you understand Swedish, you can read more about it here.

Ok, going back to Facebook then. I actually deleted my FB account in 2011, when Google+ arrived. I basically instantly felt a loss with all the friends and family that did not choose to use G+ instead of Facebook, which was basically everybody on my friends list. I eventually went back and I have been using FB daily since then. As of now, and this has been true for like 3 years now, Facebook is actually a lot more fun that G+. Google Plus is dying and it is only a matter of time before Google will let that place go. It has a lot of users, sure, but the interaction is basically non existent for many users now. It is so boring and I have sort of given up on the place. I’ve chosen to only post blog posts there and nothing else, because no matter what I post, people do not care. I could basically stop using G+ and nobody would miss me  or notice I’m gone, and that’s fine. But I’ll keep using it until Google calls it quits and that’s that.

Social media is a must for me. It’s so much fun, even though it generates very little traffic to my blogs and YouTube channels. I have also basically stopped using Instagram as well. I post a picture there from time to time, but I’ve stopped going in there to look at my feed. That’s because during the fall of 2017, everything sort of became a bit too much and I decided that at least one of the social media accounts had to be “let go” or something like that. Instagram was the one, but I basically treat G+ the same as well. It’s enough to visit G+ like once every other day, because it takes that long to let the feed become useful enough to read. I’ve basically also stopped giving plus’s to people’s posts. I do not get the interaction back anyways, so why bother? I know that I’m boring on G+, so I have it coming, but many people say the same as me. Therefore a lot of people on G+ have started adding each other on Facebook instead. It’s pretty funny. I also use Facebook a lot at work. Their groups are great, and I personally manage 4 FB pages for my blogs and websites. I also used to manage many of the work’s FB pages as well, but I do not do that any longer.

Ok, so I won’t stop using Facebook and I will not get angry at fellow YouTubers for being disappointed at YouTube for demonetizing their videos, but I will not accept murder and reckless shootings.

What about you?