Everybody is up in arms about the faux-pas committed by the Facebook social network. Apparently they allowed a company (Cambridge Analytics) to retain a copy of everybody’s data for who knows what purpose.
The whole thing has sprung a #DeleteFacebook movement that has been a long time coming…
I was reading an article on Petapixel about a photographer/adventure/traveler that delete the entirety of his social footprint, all 1.5 million followers on Facebook, Instagram, 500px, etc. (you can read the article and watch the video here)
His argument for doing that, was that all the time he was expending nurturing a following and helping other people was detracting from the true nature of what he wanted to do (photography/travel) and the reason why he started his adventures.
And in reality, we are all guilty of this new brand of Social Sin, where we have made it more about the ”Likes” and the number of followers, than the actual content.
We have lost sight of producing something worthwhile and have become propagators of crap ad nauseam…
When I started to blog in 2005, I was motivated by my desire to help others, my interest in sharing what I was learning and an altruistic need to teach others whatever knowledge I had acquired in my pursuit to become a better photographer.
Pretty soon that turned into a quest for analytics. I was obsessed with the number of people that were reading my blog. The numbers kept climbing and I wanted more.
I felt the need to be famous. The need to brag about the number of visitors. So I did what everybody else was doing. Signed up for an account on every social network available. The intention was to attract more readers by sharing the content on those Social Networks.
And then it was all about the numbers there…
.Completely lost sight of the purpose that started me down the path of an online presence. I was doing less photography and learning. I was concentrated on reach and numbers.
I tried to abandon the whole thing (my brother did it and he says he does not miss it, not even a little). I was pulled back into it by a sense that I was missing something by not been on a social network.
All that has been replaced now with the need to curb my addiction.
Currently, the point of view is to spend as little time as possible anywhere near a social network.
I applaud the efforts of the Vero App (if you are on Vero, follow me @photografia.... See I did it again!!) where they have some metrics that will tell every user how much time they are spending on the social network.
My intention, if that wasn't clear, is to get rid of all this social baggage and spend more time taking pictures and enjoying/engaging with my family and friends, like they say on the Internet IRL (In real Life).