Brief update time. Most importantly there is a Book Bomb tomorrow, which means I’ll stick the blog post up tonight. I’m doing this for Jim and Peter, two awesome guys who are great writers who I think deserve the publicity and sales boost.
Plus one of them is a noble Krasnovian, and the other is a Pinelander. So this is a chance for us to reach across the aisle, set aside our quarrels (even though we all know waffles are superior to pancakes in every way) and purchase books together in the spirit of brotherhood. Everyone likes awesome books, and reading these books is the first step on our road of peace.
If Arafat can win for “not murdering anyone lately”, Al Gore can win for “hey I think the weather changes”, and Barack Obama can win for “present” I’d better win the Nobel Peace Prize for this one.
However, I usually use Facebook as the primary driver of getting the word out about my Book Bombs, and since Facebook is a garbage website run by garbage people, and the perpetually butt hurt have learned how to weaponize Facebook’s dumb reporting feature to silence anyone who has ever hurt their feelings I don’t know if I’ll be back on there to push it. So I’m counting on you guys to signal boost tomorrow.
I was banned from Facebook all weekend for thought crime (see the last post). Since a bunch of the people on my fan page had set up a backup page over on MeWe as an emergency fallback bunker there already, I set up an account and went over to check it out.
It’s different, but actually a lot nicer than I expected. The main negative is that it’s a lot smaller, so it’s quieter. The positives are quite literally everything else. Since me making one post about going there got 500 people to set up new accounts with me, it was actually fairly talkative for me.
Well, except rando social justice weenies don’t show up to screech at everything I post, so that’s nice. I was actually a little taken aback by this. Normally anything I post has some random asshole I’ve never heard of before show up to chide me for wrongthink, so I’ve gotten used to that.
Like, hey guys, here’s a pic of my new gun, and I always get REEEEEE EVIL ASSAULT WEAPON REEEEE! And I’m like, who the fuck are you? But don’t worry, Facebook has now created a wonderful feature that allows that random stranger to report you for hate speech.
The posts show up in order that people posted them. It’s not Facebook showing you what they want to show you. I’ve got the max 5k friends, only my Facebook feed only ever showed me the same 8 or 10 posts, most of which were Occupy Democrats memes or CNN articles posted by people who weren’t my friends.
Oh, and the Babylon Bee, followed immediately by a Mandatory Fact Check warning aimed at the stupidest humans who’ve ever lived.
And as far as I can tell, MeWe’s primary mission isn’t to reelect democrats. Which is nice. You can say whatever dumb thing you want, and that’s just between you and whoever wants to read your stuff.
Facebook also throttles posts, we learned, where they hide your links from people who want to follow you because they’re trying to keep everyone trapped there. That’s why you’ve been seeing all the posts from people saying “link in the first comment”.
Also, there’s no targeted ads where another evil mega corporation used your cell phone to bug your private conversations (which is creepy as hell) and they’re not selling your data to who knows who for who knows what.
Yes, there are a lot more people there, but many of those people are annoying idiots. So meh.
People like to talk about how divided our country is today. Naw. We’ve always been divided. It’s just more bitter and angry now because social media has made it so that the division never ever stops. It used to be that you could like people in real life no matter how stupid their opinions were, because they weren’t constantly shoving their stupid opinion in your face twenty-four seven.
Basically, fuck Facebook. I’ve only lasted there as long as I have because the parasite has formed a symbiotic relationship that allows me to talk to fans to sell more books. I think I’m going to use my blog more to post info, and just put the links on FB because of the traffic numbers, and use MeWe to talk to people I actually want to talk to… And let’s be honest, probably occasionally pick a fight with a moron. Because morons are the one resource Facebook has in abundance.
If you’ve got a private group on Facebook you probably want to look into setting up an emergency fallback group on another page. (that’s how my people wound up on MeWe) If your group is just made up of specific people anyway, you don’t need the worldwide traffic. And Facebook has been getting stupider and more aggressive about sending warnings to my mods about content (usually nonsensical) and threatening to punish groups entirely for bullshit they have no control over based up WHAT KIND OF REACTION EMOJIS PEOPLE PICK. I shit you not.
If back in the day George Orwell had written about Facebook people would’ve thought it was too far fetched. It’s time to explore your other options. Facebook probably isn’t going to get better. It’s going to get worse. They’re harder on libertarians than they are on ISIS.
But people stick around because of inertia. Facebook is like the abusive spouse of the internet. Sure, he mines your data, controls who you can talk to, tells you how to think, and randomly beats you once in a while, but you can’t leave because you remember the good old days, and sometimes he’s still nice.
Nope. It’s time for you to quit being a trailer park wife.