Honestly, I wish I understood what Doctorow really means here:
Online, a lot of us have been unhappy with our social media platforms for a long time, but we hang in there, year after year, scandal after scandal, because as much as we hate the platform, we love the people who use the platform. We donâ€™t leave because we donâ€™t want to lose them. They donâ€™t leave because they donâ€™t want to lose us. Itâ€™s a hostage situation, and weâ€™re all holding each other hostage. Collective action problems are hard problems._ – How to Leave Dying Social Media Platforms | by Cory Doctorow | Oct, 2022 | Medium
He’s right that we’re locked in because the information is available on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Not just friends, but services and news. I’d like to leave, but see no alternative.
Somehow, I think, he wants the services to open to outside syndication. Interoperate with a broad set of platforms. Doctorow broadcasts his work from multiple platforms, but I’m out here on what they call the indie web just writing. I stopped the Twitter and Instagram cross posts. It was a nuisance and just feeds their lock in.
We’ve seen social media platforms die or migrate away from their original audience. Flickr of course comes to mind. Odds are that we’ll just see a new platform emerge, like Instagram did to accommodate photographers who left Flickr for the new style of promotion. Now that Instagram has changed, I haven’t seen where these photographers are going. Not their own websites and to no other platform. It’s just become kind of moribund with fewer interesting photographs to see. Either that or Instagram has decided to fill my feed with posts that are more viral or financially lucrative.
Looking for answers, but see my only recourse as my own site and RSS feeds.