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

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

Saying good-bye to Facebook

Breaking up is hard to do, especially when it feels like saying good-bye to hundreds of ‘friends’, many of them family members in far flung places. I’ve tried it before and always got sucked back-in to Facebook’s gravitational pull, like an astronaut getting pulled into a blackhole. But this time I have a cunning plan… Instead of deleting my account and hiding in the shadows on some obscure corner of the Interweb, I will retain my account on the Facebook....

January 27, 2018 · 3 min · Axel Segebrecht