What alternatives to social media exist

Social media has become a pain of modern times and I for one am happy no longer choosing to partake. Since I quit my Facebook and Twitter habit, my life has improved. Not by much, but enough to not wanting to go back any time soon. However, with lockdowns and COVID19 induced quarantines still an on-going thing, I do long for more connections. So what are the alternatives to Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, etc for those who do not want to get trapped in a never ending feed of doom?...

October 6, 2020 · 4 min · Axel Segebrecht

This is what happened when I removed all news and social media from my phone

Mental health is important and we often do things out of habit which cause us harm that we don’t notice until it is too late. Social media is designed to be addictive and news apps mirror this along with headlines written for maximum impact, often with little regard to the context or facts of the story. I realised I had a problem thanks to Apple’s screen time feature which informed me that I was spending a lot of time on my phone looking at social media and news....

November 4, 2019 · 2 min · Axel Segebrecht

Apple and Google want you to use your phone less. Here is the real reason why writes Quartz

This goes nicely with my recent post about ‘6 Steps to a better digital lifestyle external link ‘ and I suggest the authors book about how companies design products and services exploit human psychology for profit.  external link As cultural theorist Paul Virilio said, “When you invent the ship, you also invent the shipwreck.” Source: Apple and Google want you to use your phone less. Here’s the real reason why — Quartz external link

June 25, 2018 · 1 min · Axel Segebrecht

Brandyourself.com review

Reading Oliver’s external link advertorial(?) review of Brandyourself.com’s online reputation service external link , I could’t help but wonder how my score would turn out. I refrain from swearing and am somewhat conscious of what I put in the public view. Let’s see what their algorithms and machine learning tool makes of my behaviour. Brand yourself happy Brandyourself.com external link connects to your Facebook and Twitter (needs your permission first) and does a general sweep of Google’s first three pages for your name to see what surfaces....

February 4, 2018 · 2 min · Axel Segebrecht

Link: Why Privacy Is Under Attack – ProtonMail Blog

Most of us at ProtonMail are part of the last generation born before the World Wide Web was created in 1989 at CERN in Switzerland. In the last 25 years, the web has transformed our world and we now spend more and more of our lives online. Source: Why Privacy Is Under Attack – ProtonMail Blog external link

January 28, 2018 · 1 min · Axel Segebrecht