Deleting LinkedIn as well while I'm feeling fruity...
Can I bring myself to bin Twitter too? It's broadcast-only anyway really, everything goes on https://mastodon.me.uk first, but this feels like a much bigger step. It was an important place for me for a long time...
@Floppy YAS GET IN THERE
@Floppy IRC A/S/L?
@floppy I've turned off crossposting from here since purdah. What about one final tweet and leaving (but not deleting)?
@ndajz yeah, maybe that’s a good idea - at least for a trial period.
@Floppy If its about online habits, I totally get this - but if it's about data privacy, aren't WhatsApp and Facebook essentially the same thing?
@ej it's both, and yeah, I definitely see WhatsApp as a privacy concern. I really want to bin it, but I didn't really lose anything of value by getting rid of the others. WhatsApp will be harder.
@ej my current plan is to try to run a matrix homeserver to sandbox whatsapp away from everything else I do, so at least it's restricted to only what I voluntarily put through it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
@Floppy Cool plan! (Seems to be going well so far, too, ased on subsequent toots?)
Bit tempted to do the same myself - not a WhatsApp user, but it does make social life a bit difficult when everybody else is..
D'you think Zuck would still be getting useful metadata of some sort from the WhatsApp account?
@ej yeah, it could never be a clean break, but at least it might be sandboxed away somewhere...
@Floppy I dunno, though? (Here be dragons: iffy reasoning ahead!) Zuck won't be getting location information or device metadata, and presumably message content is e2e encrypted? If so maybe that just leaves message timings and contacts metadata? If so (2), maybe that stuff would be easier to aggregate in WhatsApp clients than pull from server logs*? If so (3), maybe your data would pass him by?
* Cause it'd be offloading as much processing load and bandwidth usage as possible onto the users
@ej yeah, sandboxing it would definitely reduce the data leakage.
Oddly enough even my Jabber account still exists and Pidgin logged me in to it by reading a config file from 2009 just fine 🤓
WhatsApp was deleted the moment it became FB. No remorse here.
@floppy again, I've deleted all my posts..considering a photo of a note pointing to my pixelfed account (yet to be curated!) as a swansong
Somehow I have the feeling that deleting LinkedIn would be too extreme for me, though. I fear missing out on professional updates / opportunities in my network.
I would be curious to hear your thoughts on that matter!
Anyway, you can be very proud of you 😊
@mellifluousbox I never got any value from LinkedIn, so it's a no-brainer for me to bin it really.
@Floppy Oh man, big moves there! I don't ever use it or login into LinkedIn so I'll leave it for now. But I aspire to remove it someday. I've been social spying media free for a few years now...aside from LinkedIn.
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