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Don’t say “there are no alternatives” when what you really mean is “I can’t be bothered to use the alternatives.”

@aral I will admit, getting to where I'm at involved a lot of hair loss and teeth grinding.

@aral I mean, yes and no. As an example, I hate Facebook as much as the next socially conscious person, but a lot of local stuff is only available on Facebook. Which has frustrated me for years at this point. The biggest issue is that a lot of social media needs to reach proper mainstream before it becomes useful for certain use cases.

@aral @SarahXcellence this is such a good point. FB for me has become family who don’t know any better, plus a bunch of local things like sports teams and marketplace. Lots of inertia.

@SarahXcellence @aral the key to FB is to NOT use the app (browser only); reject every suggestion it makes for you; unfollow everything/everyone that you can simply look up when you want instead of when it feeds you; and generall turn off every function that works in FB's data-collecting favor. This way I only get the special interest pages bthat I want to see.

@AvvieLanche @aral True! I’ve been using Facebook/Messenger/Instagram exclusively from a browser for months now. The only FB related app I still have is WhatsApp…

@SarahXcellence @aral This is on point. FB is one of the main ways I and many others look for job opps in my industry. Folks have made attempts at using other platforms, but they rarely stick. So I remain. 🤷

FB has also become so embedded into other tech that it's more and more frequently the *only* way to login/interact with certain sites, which presents its own level of frustration.

@zaelyna @aral Yeah, my workplace uses Workplace (=FB) for a lot of stuff and I hate it. But what can you do. Certainly not convince a gigantic corporation not to use an FB product, apparently. At least that’s separate from my private user.

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Don't think of alternatives as the same thing by someone else, think of it as an alternative way to spend time online.

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After all these years I've not found an alternative to Tumblr, yet I don't use it anymore either.

I'm still wondering whether I miss events now I'm off Facebook, yet I'm still as busy as I used to be.

@aral how about this one: there are no alternatives to after effects for motion graphics

@aral also let's remember "cant be bothered to use something" is often code for "this software has serious usability issues". there's still a culture in FOSS that says good interface is superfluous and too bougie for some reason...

@doomy @aral Also, a11y is one place where FOSS tends to really fail, from what I've heard from the blind folks I follow. Mastodon does sound like it's better in this regard, though, due to the cultural norm of including descriptive text with image uploads.

@aral don't say "don't say there are no alternatives" when what you really mean is "my opinion of what is a viable alternative is the only correct one"

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