Following Amanda’s lead I have disabled the Social Networks Auto Poster and Brid.gy plugins and will no longer automatically syndicate links to social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. I am not sure how long this experiment will last or how it will affect website traffic. But I won’t know unless I try. I am also leaning toward making Webmention the only form of a comment this website accepts. But I am not ready to do that yet. I want to try using the open source Isso commenting system first.
Amanda, I agree, the social platform experiment has become tiring for me. My use of Facebook and Twitter have fallen off dramatically while my use of RSS feeds continues unabated. Even the act of POSSEing my content to social media is a chore. I have almost stopped doing it. And because of concerns about GDPR I no longer back feed comments and like from social silos. I disabled Brid.gy syndication to Facebook and Flickr and only occasionally syndicate to Twitter.
Avoiding syndication to social platforms has made discovery more challenging but I am hoping as the IndieWeb grows, this problem will be solved. We’ll find each other the old-fashioned “Web” way. For example, I discovered your post and your website via Chris Aldrich’s website.