I have decided to start blogging more for various reasons but mainly because I started to think that putting my ideas and thoughts into walled-garden-services (*cough*, Twitter) was simply a waste of time. In the time of big-data and evolving internet communities I think it’s important to have your own space on the web, not just renting, but having full access to your content you want to publish.
1. Your tweets are not forever
In these days people form discussions on various social media platforms, they distribute their ideas and get in touch with others. But what’s famous on social media is quickly eradicated by new content. Your tweets won’t live forever.
Something else I don’t understand is how many people don’t realize that their tweets are publicly available for everyone to see. Some people, while having their real name shown, write about their most intimate moments and don’t expect their friends/relatives to see it?** **That’s not how you should present yourself on the internet, and I’m not good at presenting myself as well.
Whenever I want to share something complex on social media I always get stuck by these annoying word limits. I’ve seen people write a dozen tweets sequentially, it’s almost seems like an abuse of the original concept of Twitter.
Take in mind that there is no way to export tweets except with 3rd-parties who charge you unreasonable prices. Twitter has an API but restricts you to 3,200 tweets per request. Not fun for someone who sometimes likes to calculate statistics of people’s feeds sometimes.
Social media platforms limit your ability to interact (*cough*, 140 words), their companies are not your friend, and they’re overvalued. Take your choice.
You can easily set up a server with software like WordPress, or maybe you want to use your own software for content-publishing? It’s important that your content is secure and not within the hands of a 3rd-party.