"The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch
“The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch seems a fairly appropriate metaphor for social media these days.
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I have a love/hate relationship with social media. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. Sometimes I hate one social medium most of the time (Facebook), sometimes I love one social medium most of the time (Twitter), sometimes I’m up in the air about a social medium (Instagram) because I loved what it used to be but hate it in its present form. (The only way I can deal with Instagram—which I miss dearly—is to pretend it’s in its teenage years.)

This is a quick guide to where I am on social media and what you can expect to find doing there. This post will be updated as needed.

Facebook

I’m on Facebook here. I hate Facebook. It’s a memory and bandwidth hog, for one; it also sells your soul for you without so much as a dime in commission for you. I originally got on Facebook for reasons that have gone completely away (short, boring story, that), but hang on to it mostly for two reasons:

  1. This is the one place that most of the people I know in real life tend to come, so if I want to connect with people I don’t see on a regular basis, this is where I have to do it.
  2. You need a Facebook account in order to have Facebook pages, and you need Facebook pages if you’re using Facebook for business. It sucks.

Ironically, I made several anti-Donald Trump/anti-Republican posts immediately after the election of 2016 and within hours, Facebook locked down my account because people kept trying to hack into it. The same thing happened on Twitter. Of course, I like Twitter far more than I like Facebook, so I did what it took to get my Twitter account back, but I haven’t been on Facebook since. I miss seeing old friends and colleagues on Facebook, but I’d rather see them in real life anyway.

TL;DR — You can find out what I was doing on Facebook until November, 2016. You can send me a friend request, but if I don’t know you IRL, don’t expect me to accept it. I’ve run into some weird people on Facebook.

Anyway, this is how Facebook makes me feel:

Twitter

I have multiple Twitter accounts. My original one is kjodle, which I used for my personal account for a long time. Then when I got this blog, I got iswpw, which I meant to use as my professional account, but ended up being my personal account. I ended up deleting most of the kjodle tweets (many of which were inane), so I may end up using that as my professional account again. Stay tuned.

I love Twitter, and it is my main outlet for social media. If you can’t find me in real life, that’s probably where you can find me—@iswpw. You can follow me there, but be forewarned: sometimes I tweet mightily for a while and then I go silent for days. I’m just busy or need a break, but I’ll be back. If your account looks interesting (i.e., you tweet about comics, sci-fi, fantasy, books, or computers), you’re not a Twilight fan (God save us all), and you’re not a miserable excuse for a human being (such as the person I met today who described themselves as a “Christian” in their profile but then recommended beheading liberals), I’ll probably follow you back. I ignore DMs.

Be forewarned: I am a liberal. I am far to the left. For a lot of people, that makes me the bad guy. My opinion on this:

 Anyway, this is me on Twitter most of the time:

I have other Twitter accounts, but they are for business. They’re not the droids you’re looking for.

Move along.

Instagram

I’m on Instagram at kj_odle. (It used to be “notcuriousanymore” because I was curious about Instagram, but once I got an account, I knew all about it and wasn’t curious about it. But that’s a terrible name, so I changed it.)

I’ve written about the intergalactic turkey fuck that Instagram has become since it went to a “curated” feed already, so I won’t rehash that here. Go and read that article now, and then come back here.

Anyway, I miss Instagram, because I miss taking photos, so I’m back there now. You can follow me, but I probably won’t follow you back. I’ve bookmarked some of the creative people I loved following in the past and go directly to their profiles now, so I bypass my feed entirely. Instagram still sucks. I just wish it sucked less. FWIW, I post a lot of images to Twitter, but 99.7% of them are not made by me. If you are looking for images I made myself, look to Instagram. I never post anything there I don’t make myself.

This is me, looking at Instagram:

Actually, it’s more like this:

 LinkedIn

I’m also on LinkedIn. I like LinkedIn and find it useful, but it is spammy. If you send me a connection request, I’ll probably honor it. If you send me a lot of spam afterward, I’ll disconnect.

But seriously, I’m mostly like this on LinkedIn:

I mostly talk about WordPress stuff there. If I’m too political for you on Twitter, you might enjoy me on LinkedIn.

Pinterest

I’m also on Pinterest as kennethodle. I’m not quite sure why I have a Pinterest account, as I have no idea how it works. This is pretty much me on Pinterest:

I’m just amazed the damn thing works at all. But really, I’m mainly there for the dank Harry Potter memes.

GitHub

I’m on GitHub as kjodle. I love GitHub!!! I don’t push to it nearly enough!

If you’ve ever wanted to fork me, GitHub is the place to do it.

This is pretty much me on GitHub:

And if I’m not like that, I’m like this:

Google+

I have a Google+ account, where I mainly post about web technologies and securities, but I haven’t posted there for a long time. To be honest, I’m not really happy with Google lately.

Seriously:

Summary

I know I’ve left some places out:

  • I used to have a YouTube account, but Google is having problems finding it at the moment. (Remember when I said I wasn’t happy with Google lately? This is part of the reason. You’re worth roughly $1.4 x 1018, so please pay some poor dogsbody some overtime to fix stuff.)
  • I have a Vimeo account, but I use that just for web tutorials.
  • I have an Amazon wishlist here. (You know what’s sexy? Communism. You know what’s even sexier? Appreciatism. You appreciate the work I put out here, there, and everywhere? Buy me a book. I promise I won’t pawn it for beer money. I have beer money.)

The point is, I’m out there. I’ll see you in orbit.

But I predict that if we ever meet in real life, it will probably go like this:

See you in the ‘Verse!

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